MARCH 2016
OUE Highlight: The Center for Academic Success

The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) is filled with successful departments, dedicated staff, and meaningful programs and events. The Center for Academic Success (CAS) - the focus of our current highlight - embodies so much of what makes the OUE important to the success of our students at Georgia Tech. CAS describes their mission as providing "exemplary academic support programs and services that enrich the learning experience of undergraduates within an engaging and welcoming environment."

The Center offers a wide-array of programs that satisfy this mission and one great example is Reboot. Reboot is a program that helps students who are not meeting their own academic expectations by giving them essential skills and resources to recover from academic setbacks. Participants are given chances to attend weekly group sessions and access to one-on-one time with CAS staff. They're also encouraged to join a Facebook group made specifically for Reboot attendees that allows them an open platform to easily communicate with fellow group members and leaders.
CAS also helps students by giving them the opportunity to serve as assistants, tutors, and supplemental instruction (PLUS) leaders. Students who take advantage of CAS services enjoy higher than average GPAs, and students who consistently work with CAS tutoring programs earn higher grades than their classmates who don't seek assistance.

With a motivated staff and the addition of Dr. Donald Pearl as the director of the Center, CAS continues to make strides to help our students excel.
Please help us welcome several of our new colleagues that recently joined the Office of Undergraduate Education.
Kris Chatfield 
Program Manager - CSLS
Kris Chatfield serves as the Program Manager for the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, and is responsible for implementing the programmatic efforts of the Center and overseeing administrative processes to integrate sustainable communities programs, curriculum, and learning experiences into all Colleges and co-curricular activities. With a background in contract and program management, Kris has worked as an independent project management consultant at Georgia Tech over the past few years and is returning to full-time work after taking time off to raise her family. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, as well as reading, cooking, exploring Atlanta's restaurant offerings and attending her boys' athletic events.
GT 1000 Instructors Needed

We are currently looking for faculty and staff who are interested in participating in our Fall 2016 GT 1000 courses. GT 1000 is a one-credit hour, letter graded seminar course offered in both fall and spring semesters that demonstrates Georgia Tech's commitment to supporting the successful transition and experience of new students All instructors are volunteers, and the qualifications for teaching GT 1000 can be found here. The class is an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to connect with our incoming freshmen and to help them become successful members of the Tech community.

Important Dates
  • March 1: Instructor Application opens (link)
  • March 11: Team Leader Application Deadline (link)
  • March 18: New Instructor Info Session (Clough Lounge [205Q]; 1pm-2:30pm)
  • March 28: Instructor Application Deadline
  • April 7: Instructor-TL networking event
Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to reach out to some of the newest students at Georgia Tech. Your time and effort could quite possibly make the difference in their time here!
New Pre-Law Advisement Program

In Summer 2015 Susan Belmonte, the Pre-Teaching Advisor, established a new pre-law advisement program which aids students and alumni in their career exploration process and decisions about a career in the legal field. The program is part of the new Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional (PGPP) team in the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2).   PGPP includes pre-law, pre-teaching, pre-health, and pre-graduate school advisement. PGPP supports undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni.

Tech has many opportunities on campus to explore law academically including a pre-law minor and certificate through the School of Public Policy, courses in LMC, and the Business Law and Ethics certificate program in Scheller.

Contact Susan Belmonte at

New Global Internship Opportunity for Students

Georgia Tech Pre-Teaching and the Office of International Education (OIE) have partnered to offer the first-ever Pre-Teaching global internship! Students can apply for opportunities that range from a summer, 6 month, or one year experience in Hong Kong and Singapore.

First Code Academy (FCA) is the first and leading education company that offers mobile app and programming development courses for pre-university students in Asia. FCA is looking for students who are passionate about software engineering, have experience in tutoring pre-teens or teens (in any subject), and have an entrepreneurial and startup mindset. AppJamming Extensive is FCA's flagship program, first launched in 2013 with the sponsorship of Google Hong Kong. FCA has been featured on CNN, in The Huffington Post, and many others.

If you know of any students that would be interested in this opportunity, have them contact Susan at
2016 Karlovitz Lecture Series
Presented by the GT Honors Program and the College of Sciences

"Please Pay Attention Now (It Could Change Your Brain):
The Neuroscience Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Bad Habits"
with Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Director of Research, Center for Mindfulness
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Monday, March 7, 5:30pm
Kress Auditorium, Georgia Tech
In 2014, Time magazine declared a "mindful revolution" due to its growing popularity and the body of research suggesting that mindfulness may help to treat a number of health-related problems-from general stress to anxiety to addiction. However, little is known about the underlying psychological mechanisms and related brain processes. Dr. Brewer will present recent evidence that helps to unravel these mysteries, drawing from both clinical studies and more basic neuroimaging research involving novice and experienced meditators. He will discuss how these insights might apply to our own lives.
Free and open to the public - no tickets or reservations required.
NEWS: Around Campus
Alumni Association Events

Pi Mile | April 30
Registration is now open for the 44th Annual Dean Griffin Pi Mile 5K Road Race, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016. Weave through Tech's campus and enjoy all of the Pi Mile's traditional race day activities - music, food, the GT Band and hanging out with Buzz!  Be a part of this fun 3.141592... tradition with fellow Georgia Tech alumni, students, faculty and staff and Tech friends.

GT Alumni Career Fair | May 9
Opportunities don't always knock, sometimes they BUZZ.  Come meet face to face with recruiters looking specifically for GT graduates at the Georgia Tech Alumni Career Fair on Monday, May 9, 2016.  Not in the job search but want to work with more Wrecks?  Recruit your company and come meet qualified candidates at this year's Career Fair.

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend | October 27-29
Save the date and come back to campus for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, October 27-29, 2016.  Come reconnect with old friends and make new Georgia Tech memories.  Whether you come back every year, or you are making a special trip to celebrate your reunion with the classes of 1966, 1976 or 1991, Homecoming is a time to celebrate traditions.  From Georgia Tech football (GT vs. Duke) to the Ramblin' Reck Parade, the weekend is packed to stir up Yellow Jacket pride.
2016 Summer Session at Georgia Tech
Upcoming Events
Randy Lewis, Author of No Greatness Without Goodness,
Former Senior VP, Walgreens
4:30pm, LeCraw Auditorium, Scheller College of Business.
Learn more online at:

"Please Pay Attention Now (It Could Change Your Brain):
The Neuroscience Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Bad Habits"

7:00pm - Request Tickets


Connect Your Research to Serve-Learn-Sustain through VIP (
Vertically Integrated Projects )
11am-12pm, Clough 205Q. Get inspired to engage undergraduates in interdisciplinary, team-based research on sustainable communities.Coffee and dessert will be served.

First Lunch Conversation , 11am-1pm, Room 102, Stephen C. Hall Building, 215 Bobby Dodd Way. Faculty, staff, and students interested in developing an initiative connecting community service, sustainability, and diversity will explore possibilities over lunch. Lunch will be served. RSVP online at: Co-hosts: Innovation and Collaboration in Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technology (ICLAST) and Institute Diversity.

FASET 2016
Summer Semester New Students
Summer Transfers -Thursday, May 12th
First-Years - Wednesday, June 15th and Thursday, June 16th

Fall Semester New Students
First-Year Sessions
1. Thursday, July 7th and Friday, July 8th
2. Monday, July 18th and Tuesday, July 19th
3. Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd
4. Thursday, July 28th and Friday, July 29th
5. Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd
6. Sunday, August 14th and Monday, August 15th
7. Tuesday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 17th

Transfer Sessions
1. Monday, July 25th and Tuesday, July 26th (Pilot two day Transfer FASET)
2. Thursday, August 18th

Exchange Session
Thursday, August 18th

FASET Website
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