Student Success Center

a Student Success Center employee chats with a student

The Student Success Center's services are available to all UMSON students, including those enrolled at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Additionally, USG students can take advantage of the other student services available to them at that location. 

Become the best student you can be.

The Student Success Center (SSC) can help you reach your academic, social, and professional development goals. We pride ourselves on the hands-on approach we take with each student and look forward to helping you succeed. 

All of our services are offered at no additional charge to students.

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Our academic and career services include:

Academic Coaching

Sometimes, life gets in the way of our academic pursuits. The Student Success Center staff can work with you to identify road blocks, uncover obstacles, and generate new paths forward toward academic success. We can help with:

  • time management
  • study strategies
  • test-taking skills
  • stress management.

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Bi-Annual Career Fair

Need help finding a job or internship? Attend a career fair! 

The SSC brings local, regional, and national employers to campus every November and April.

Our career fairs are open to all UMSON students, including those enrolled at the Universities at Shady Grove, as well as recent alumni.

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Career Services and Resources

If you're a student or alumni, the SSC can help you find and apply for positions. Our services include:

  • 1:1 career counseling
  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • career workshops
  • mock interviews
  • bi-annual career fairs.

To schedule career counseling or resume/cover letter assistance:

  • For RN-to-BSN or BSN students: schedule with Christine King
  • For master’s and doctoral students: schedule with Christine King

Please send a draft of your resume and/or cover letter to us BEFORE scheduling an appointment.

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Career Tools:

Additional Resources:

Job Boards

Finding a job has never been easier! We regularly update:

We encourage you to visit often!

Leadership Development

Leadership skills are highly sought after by employers. Why? Because leaders show initiative and are highly motivated, skills that can make you stand out as an applicant.

 The SSC can support you in the pursuit of leadership skills through:

Professional Advising (BSN and CNL only)

If you're an entry-into-practice (BSN or CNL) student, professional advisors in the SSC can provide you with individualized, integrative, and ongoing educational support to promote academic success, career exploration, and your personal well-being. Upon admission to the BSN program or CNL option, you'll be assigned a professional advisor who will guide you in the development of educational plans that are consistent with your academic, personal, and professional goals.

Professional Advising Assignments

Conway Scholars

  • Jill Pahel

BSN Students

  • First and Second Semesters: Jill Pahel
  • Third and Fourth Semesters: Kiran Kaur

CNL students

  • First and Second Semesters: Katie Lamp
  • All Others: Christine King

Students who enrolled at UMSON prior to fall 2015 should contact their assigned faculty advisor.

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The SSC maintains an active library of two copies of each required textbook associated with the BSN and CNL courses.

The textbooks are for reference only and must be used within the SSC area.


A tutor helps a student by drawing on a whiteboard.

The SSC offers Learning Lab Sessions and Peer Tutoring in specific courses taught by people who have previously completed those courses and who have strong communication and teaching skills.

All of our services are offered at no additional charge to students.

Learning Lab Sessions (BSN & CNL only) Peer Tutoring (all students)
Learning Lab Sessions are group sessions held in a classroom to study course material.  Tutoring is available for the following courses:
  • BSN: 314, 316, 317, 319, 324, 327, 414, 452
  • CNL: 501, 503, 505, 514, 790, 795
  • DNP: 790, 795

Group sessions are offered for the following fall 2019 courses:

  • BSN: 314, 324, 327, 414
  • CNL: 501, 503, 505

To schedule:

  • Pick up a schedule in Room 106
  • Look on the individual course Blackboard page

To schedule a tutor:

  1. Identify a tutor and contact them via email to set up an appointment:
    • View the contact list (you'll be prompted to open it in Microsoft Word)
    • Visit the SSC to see a printed contact list
  2. Complete the Peer Tutor Agreement prior to your first session.
  3. Tutors will respond to you via email and provide a link to book an appointment.

Tutors try their best to meet your availability needs, however, there is no guarantee that your availability will match that of the tutor. Please be as flexible as possible. Our tutors are students first.

Above photo: During a Learning Lab Session, a tutor helps students synthesize the most difficult concepts in a course.

Writing Support

A professional writing tutor is available both in person and online to assist you with:

  • grammar
  • APA style
  • restructuring a paper.

The tutor also holds workshops on writing and APA style throughout the semester.

All of our services are offered at no additional charge to students.

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Upcoming Events
Brigitte Bard
Academic Advisor and Support Coordinator
Room: 216A, Building I, USG
Phone: 301-738-6253

Christine King, EdD, MSEd
Director, Student Success Center, OSAS
Address: 106C
Phone Number: 410-706-4959 - See more at:
Room: 104A, School of Nursing Building
Phone: 410-706-4959
  Kiran Kaur, MA, LGPC 
Assistant Director
Room 106C, School of Nursing Building
Phone: 410-706-0746
Kathryn Lamp Kathryn Lamp, PhD
Assistant Director
Room: 106E, School of Nursing Building
Phone: 410-706-0502
Jillian Pahel

Jillian Pahel, BS
Assistant Director, Student Services for Conway Scholars
Room: 106D, School of Nursing Building
Phone: 410-706-3049

Laura El Shafei Laura El Shafei, MPH, MA, RN
Director of Student Success
Room: Room 216E, Building I, USG
Phone: 301-738-6234
Dardanelles Estes headshot Dardanelles Estes, AA
Room: 106, School of Nursing Building
Phone: 410-706-5565