Getting ready for the 2015 Spring Semester

Monarchs can anticipate the STARS Committee to host another round of workshops.

By Zaida Diaz, Valley Life Editor

The Strategic Team for the Advancement and Retention of Students (STARS) Committee held a meeting last week at the library to arrange student events for this semester. The STARS committee is compromised of faculty and students who aim to enhance student academic performance in a college setting.

Last semester, STARS held a series of workshops including: “Success Strategies for Math,” “Navigating Through College,” and “Study Smarter, Not Harder.” STARS provided practical learning strategies and tools for students through these sessions.

Due to the positive evaluations received from each session, STARS decided, at their meeting, that they would continue to host the workshops this semester.

They found “Study Harder, Not Smarter” particularly helpful and will encourage Valley faculty to “use them as brief lessons embedded in their courses.” They will also send the content to counselors teaching the Personal Development courses this spring.

In addition to the workshops, STARS hosted a student success panel November 19, last semester, where Monarchs shared which four-year colleges they would transfer to in order to further pursue their education.

“The student success stories panel had students talking about what they did to transfer and get ready to start the next phase of their journey,” said Deborah Kaye, LAVC Professional Development Director and STARS Committee Chair. “You always hear different perspectives and ideas; a lot of them talked bout their major, how they decided their major, and where they were planning to go.”

The success panel will also be returning; it provides advice from peers and information on which college services are useful in helping students transfer.

STARS will end the spring with a luncheon between students and faculty that will serve as an instrument for networking.

In the meantime, Monarchs can expect the first of the STARS spring workshops to begin early March. “Study Skills Strategies,” will take place on March 3 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200. On March 4, they will hold “Overcoming Math Anxiety” at LARC 227, from 1 p.m. to 2:30.


Dates for the remaining workshops/events have yet to be confirmed.

Monarchs with any inquiries or suggestions can send an e-mail to or attend the next meeting, which will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 1-2 p.m. in LARC 200. STARS meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month and are open to all Valley students.

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