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NE seminar to offer students several

test-taking strategies


Students will get the chance to learn test-taking strategies in an upcoming NE Campus seminar, Successful Testing.

The March 24 seminar will offer strategies for common ­types of tests, such as multiple choice and essay response tests.

All students are encouraged to attend even if they don’t consider themselves bad test-takers because the seminar will allow students to learn about tools they can use to achieve better results on the most common testing formats, said Kimberly Eason, a NE Campus counselor.

When this seminar was held in the past, Eason said, as many as 60 people attended.

“This is one of the top seminars we give,” she said.

That doesn’t surprise Eason, who explained that test taking is an important part of academic learning and a real concern for many students.

“We measure success in academics through tests,” she said.

Although some people may think bad test-takers don’t exist outside of myths, Eason’s background in elementary education has given her experience to prove otherwise. Bad test-takers are usually students who suffer from test anxiety and sometimes a lack of self-confidence, she said.

The seminar happens 12:30-2 p.m. in NSTU Center Corner.

— Jonathan Martinez


Deciding on major  for those looking   toward future jobs


Students looking for advice about choosing a major can attend What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Turning Your Passion into Your Major, Turning Your Major into Your Career, a seminar happening noon-1:30 p.m. March 30 in WSTU 1303 on NW Campus.

Tracy Williams, NW Campus coordinator of career and employment services, and NW counselors Shelly Cavin and Joe Reed will discuss majors and career opportunities to give a better picture of what kind of job a major can lead to.

The presentation is aimed at students who are undecided on a major, Williams said.

“The workshop will assist students in focusing on what excited them in life and turning that passion into a major that leads to their career,” Williams said. “Students will be advised of the practical aspects of their decision as well as how to reach for their dreams.”

Students from all campuses are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. Send an RSVP to LuAnn Krey at For more information, call the NW Campus career and services center at 817-515-7785.

— Jessica Whitman


Money management talk to help students with recession debt 


Students can learn tips for surviving this recession without being buried in debt after graduation at a NE Campus seminar.

Student activities and financial aid will address this issue during Money Management from 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 11 in NSTU 1615A.

One of the event’s speakers is Bill McMullen, the NE financial aid director who has been with the office for 14 years.

“Loan volume has grown with difficulties,” he said. “We thought that we needed to make sure students are managing their money to be successful or they would end up with bad debt.”

Another speaker is Trenton Price, a financial advisor for two years. Price will help students focus on becoming better money managers.

”It is an opportunity for students to learn money management, to make decisions that will impact positively their lives,” Price said.

— Solange Kalala


U.S. senator to speak on TR about helping open up government


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is the guest speaker at a breakfast meeting on Trinity River Campus to commemorate Sunshine Week.

The breakfast is scheduled March 15 at 8 a.m. and is sponsored by TCC Student Publications and Society of Professional Journalists Fort Worth Pro Chapter.

Sunshine Week is led by the American Society of News Editors and was first observed in 2005 to focus on the public’s right to know what the government is doing and why.

Cornyn’s address will focus on the importance of the open records act as it relates to interest groups and private citizens as well as journalists. He recently sponsored two major open government initiatives and has also co-sponsored legislation to improve public access to information on how federal money is spent.

The cost for the breakfast is $10. Those who would like to attend should RSVP to no later than March 10.

— Andrea Conley


Panel will discuss homelessness issues for campus audience


NE Campus psychology, sociology, student activities and mental health departments will sponsor Homelessness: A Community Issue, taking place 12:30-1:50 p.m. March 25  in NSTU Center Corner.

Murray Fortner, chairman of psychology and sociology on NE Campus, said he was inspired to speak on the topic after recently witnessing homelessness in Texas.

“I went to a conference in Austin and was overwhelmed by the amount of homelessness that I saw,” Fortner said.

Fortner will open the presentation with a short film, Stray Manimals? … The Least of Us. The goal of showing the film is to introduce homelessness to the audience, he said.

Fortner also will moderate a panel including Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief along with Karen Fisler and Stevie Hansen of Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County.

A complimentary light lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m.

— Anna Farrar-Helm

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