Center for Academic Student Achievement Hosts First CASA Islander Welcome Celebration

September 05, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted more than 145 new Islanders during its first CASA Islander Welcome Celebration on Friday, Aug. 29, on the Glasscock West Lawn to introduce them to the tools available to them at CASA.

“Due to our successful turnout, we are confident that first-year students are well informed of CASA’s academic support services,” said Noelle Ballmer, Director for CASA and the Writing Center. “We believe they have made meaningful connections to all of our academic support staff.”

The event was an opportunity to welcome freshmen to the campus and introduce them to Academic Support services at CASA including the Writing Center, Starfish, Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction. During the event, there was a deejay from the Planet 102.3 FM, an 18-foot waterslide, a 60-foot obstacle course, snow cones, giveaways, and door prizes including Islander backpacks, T-shirts, tote bags, water bottles, and key chains. The students also received CASA success binders, which included handouts on academic success strategies like note taking, preparing for exams, reading strategies and plagiarism.

To receive a ticket to the event, students met with their Islander Success Advocates to set a plan for their first semester as Islanders. These meetings aided in success strategies for first-time freshmen, especially those at-risk.

The goal of CASA is to retain and graduate diverse and highly qualified students consistent with the University’s mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution and one that serves students representing the changing demographics of Texas.