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Welcome to the Learning Commons!

The staff of the Learning Commons are excited to have you join us at the University of Mount Olive! The Learning Commons developed as a part of the Title III Grant from the Department of Education to support the university’s mission to improve retention and graduation rates. We seek to provide a welcoming, open safe space for all students. Our goal is to ensure that you are successful in the classroom and graduate!

Our Mission:

The Learning Commons is a network of interrelated departments supporting overall student success by meeting their academic needs with the aim of increasing the University of Mount Olive’s overall retention and persistence to graduation.

Our Vision:

The Learning Commons desires to harness the inter-connectedness of the departments to increase UMO’s overall retention and graduation rates to prepare students for graduation, professional work life, and/or  graduate studies and better serve students. The Learning Commons will focus on departmental collaborations, commitment to student success, connecting practice to assessment, and incorporating scholarship in our practice to become a welcoming open space for all students.

Trojans in the Learning Commons:

The Trojans are always busy in the Learning Commons whether it is in the Academic Resource Center, the Writing Center, or the Career Development Center! Take a look at what the Trojans are up to!

Makenzi Williams `21
ARC Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Math and English
When I came to UMO, I was an undeclared major because I could not decide between Chemistry, Math, and English. I ended up taking classes of each subject and decided that I would have Chemistry be my focus with minors in Math and English, because I did not want to give up those subjects. This is my first semester as a SI leader. Overall, it is a fun chance to practice leadership and work on analyzing how everything is connected. I enjoy helping in the classroom because not only do I help benefit others, but I benefit myself as well. I get to practice leadership, planning, organization, and analyzing connections I had not made before.

Alana Pipkin `20
Writing Coach
Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminal Justice
I chose Psychology here at UMO because I am very interested in why we do the things we do. I decided to pick up a minor in Criminal Justice after taking a Forensic Psychology class. This class showed me that I love the way psychology and criminal justice overlap. So far, my experience in the Writing Center has been great. I love being able to help students meet their writing goals. I decided to become a coach because my freshman year, I struggled with grammar and formats. I realized many freshmen are not as prepared for college writing and I wanted to help other freshman that felt like I did.

Deontre Gary `21
ARC Student
Major: Recreational Therapy
I chose UMO because of their Recreation and Leisure Studies program. I picked this major because it seemed interesting and I like the field, I also knew it was a field that would be very fun. I am using Recreational Therapy as a pathway to a career in Physical Therapy. The ARC has helped me in so many ways. It helps me study and do my homework without any distractions. The ARC also keeps me structured to help me reach my academic goals.

Our goal is to help students discover, create, and share knowledge.