Access, Opportunity & Success (AOS)

Open Hours

 

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Our computer lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please feel free to stop in or call to make an appointment.

 

SB 2013

 

MISSION:


The Mission of the AOS is to provide a TRIO SSS Best Practices program for:

  1. Outreach/recruitment and retention of underrepresented students (low income, first generation and students of color)
  2. To provide advising and supportive services so as to enable participants to be retained and graduated and, where appropriate, to enroll in graduate and professional programs.

 Program Benefits:

Students who qualify for the AOS will receive numerous benefits including:

* Priority Registration: Freshmen and sophomore student(s) will receive early registration.

* Summer Bridge: Enrolled freshmen have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Bridge program to earn tuition credit free.

During the Summer Bridge programs, students may be eligible for a tuition waiver

* Pell Grant Housing Pre-Payment Waiver: Students with a Pell Grant are eligible for a housing Pre-payment waiver of $100.
* AOS Living and Learning Community: An opportunity for students to participate in a learning community which provides support for their educational goals.
* Tutor Supplement: All AOS participant(s) will have access to individual and group instruction services.

Program Eligibility:

Students MUST identify least one of the following to be accepted into the AOS program:

  •   Low-Income Student: Students who recieve Pell grant.
  •   First Generation College Student: Signifies that parents and/or guardians that you grew up with did not graduate from a four-year institution
  •   Student of Color

In addition, ALL AOS participants will:

  • Be enrolled at SMSU.
  • Be U.S. or Naturalized Citizen


Student participants must be MOTIVATED to make full use of AOS services to become SUCCESSFUL Southwest Minnesota State University Graduates.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT PARTICIPANTS WILL MEET WITH AN AOS ADVISOR AND ENGAGE IN AOS SPONSORED ACTIVITIES.

 

Academic Specialists

Jay Lee, Director Of AOS
Commons East
Phone: 507-537-7285
Email: jay.lee@smsu.edu

 

Michele Knife Sterner, Associate Director Of AOS
Commons East
Phone: 507-537-7382
Email: Michele.Sterner@smsu.edu
 

Cassie Williams, Academic Specialist Of AOS

Commons East

Phone:(507) 537-7304

Email: cassie.williams@smsu.edu

 

M. Rocio Filace (AOS Graduate Assistant)

Email: maria.filace.2@smsu.edu

Phone: (507) 537-6169

 

Nathan Halverson

Email: nathan.halverson.2@smsu.edu

Phone: (507) 537-6169

 

 

Marly Cid 

Email: marly.cid@smsu.edu

Last Modified: 1/13/17 10:00 AM