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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Sharon Vanwright is the new Coordinator of Academic Success

Sharon C. Vanwright joined UNC Pembroke’s Office of Advisement and Retention this summer as Coordinator of Academic Success.

Sharon VanwrightVanwright is responsible for the development of a new Peer Study Support Program as well as advising undeclared students and students on academic probation.

She will work with Saundra Richardson, Director of Advisement and Retention, with the Early Alert Program, which identifies and counsels students with academic difficulties. Vanwright will also teach Freshman Seminar, an eight-week course required of all incoming first-year students.

This is the second new position in the office as UNCP bolsters its retention efforts, Richardson said. “With Sharon’s background in academic support and program development, I am confident that she will greatly contribute to our department’s efforts in retention.”

“I am happy to join the Office Advisement and Retention staff,” Vanwright said. “This position presents an excellent opportunity for me to help students to excel in college.”

A New York City native, Vanwright comes to UNCP from College Misericordia in Pennsylvania, where she was Coordinator of Learning Support and Academic Programs and Adjunct Professor in the Division of Behavioral Sciences. Before that, she was the assistant director in the Office of Academic Support at Middlebury College.

At the University of New Hampshire, Vanwright was an instructor in the Department of Sociology, worked in a Pre-orientation Program geared to assist students adjust to the campus climate and assisted with graduate student recruitment and retention.

“Working with students in their academic and personal pursuits is both challenging and rewarding,” Vanwright said. “I believe the work I do with students is one piece of the puzzle in student retention. Overall, student retention is a campus-wide effort.”

The Peer Study Support Program will be launched in the fall 2005 semester.

“Peer study sessions are small study groups that work together with a peer educator,” Vanwright said. “These are guided study groups in which students help each other to master academic material.”

Vanwright is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire.

She was the Northeast Regional Representative to the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators and a past member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administration.

For more information about the Peer Study Support Program at UNCP, please call Sharon Vanwright at 910.775.4028 or email sharon.vanwright@uncp.edu.

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