NFC Academic Support-Your Very Own Help Button!

A Message from the Director of Academic Support, Dr. Aimee Woznick

help_buttonHi, SUNY Empire State College students in Western New York!
I hope your schoolwork is going well. For those of you enrolled in the Fall 1 term: now is the time to start thinking about your final projects and papers! Be kind to yourself – don’t leave them until the last minute. Start developing your plan of attack now. Talk to your instructors if you need further clarification about any assignments. You might even run your paper or project ideas past your instructor before you get started. And if you don’t know where to begin – or if the mere thought of writing a paper fills you with dread – schedule an appointment with a writing coach (see below).

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, have a research question, or just want to chat, drop a line or give me a call at (716) 686-7880.  I’m here to help!

The Empire State College Online Library website was recently redesigned to be more user-friendly. If you have a research paper coming up, check out the fantastic subject guides developed by ESC’s talented librarians. These guides provide recommendations for the best databases for your topic and cover handy research tips that will make your work easier.

Not finding what you’re looking for? Have a question about citations? The librarians are there for you. On the website, you’ll see ways to contact them via chat, email, or phone. Don’t be shy – that’s what they’re there for!

To register for one or more of the sessions below, write to Dr. Aimee Woznick at with your name and phone number.
Remember, the workshop calendar is always accessible through the Learning Support tab on MyESC – or just bookmark this link:

Using the Online Library – Thursday, Nov. 13, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  
Efficient Textbook Reading Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
^Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
*Writing Your RationaleWednesday, Dec. 10, 5 – 6:30 p.m. (November workshop is full)
Academic Research Skills – Wednesday, Nov. 19. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tackling the College Paper Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Success Strategies – Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4 – 5 p.m.

*This workshop is intended for students enrolled in Educational Planning. Bring a draft of your degree program and – if you have one – a draft of your Rationale essay.
^Please bring a draft of your degree program if you have one.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Room 301
Learning Coach Kate Whalen is here every Tuesday and Thursday to assist you with writing, math, stats, time management, and general study strategies.
Appointments are not necessary, but if you’d like to make one to guarantee your spot, feel free to email me.

***Holiday Changes***
Due to the Veteran’s Day holiday, Kate will not be available on Nov. 11. Her hours will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Kate will not be available on Nov. 27. Her hours will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 26.

There are fabulous math and writing coaches at each of our four other locations in Western New York. Call your local office to set up an appointment.

Fredonia – Sue Michales (Writing and Math) – (716) 673-1200
Jamestown/Lakewood – Anton Agafonov (Writing) and Chuck Strand (Math) – (716) 338-1508
Lockport – Karen Eichler (Writing) and Jeff Welton (Math) – (716) 434-0272
Olean – Jamie Wood (Writing) and Jillian Miller (Math) – (716) 376-7511

Live, Online Workshops via Blackboard Collaborate
The online workshop calendar is always accessible via the Learning Support tab on MyESC – or just bookmark this link:

Coming up this month: workshops on thesis statements, annotated bibliographies, and statistics.

Aimee M. Woznick, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Support Services & Assistant Professor
Empire State College, The State University of New York
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