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.

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 Alfred Guante
  • 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 host two online job boards and resume posting sites:

We encourage you to visit often, as new jobs are posted daily.

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
CNL Students First Semester
Katie Lamp

All Others
Christine King

BSN Students First Semester
Jill Pahel

All Others
Alfred Guante*

*with some exceptions
(Katie Lamp will outreach)

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

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The SSC offers tutoring and Guided Study Sessions in specific courses across programs, as well as MedCalc tutoring. Tutors are peers who completed the course they are supporting with an “A” and have strong communication skills. 

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

Guided Study Sessions (BSN and CNL only) Peer Tutoring (all students)
Guided Study Sessions are group sessions held in a classroom to study course material.  Private tutoring can be set up 1:1 or 1:2-3 at a mutually agreed-upon location. 

To schedule:

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

To schedule:

You'll also need to complete a Peer Tutoring Agreement.

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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Meet the SSC Staff:

Christine King, EdD, MSEd
Director, Student Success Center, OSAS
Address: 106C
Phone Number: 410-706-4959 - See more at:
Director, Student Success Center
Room: 106D
Phone: 410-706-4959

Alfred Guante, MEd
Assistant Director, Student Success Center
Room: 106C
Phone: 410-706-0492

 Kathryn Lamp Kathryn Lamp, PhD
Assistant Director, Student Success Center
Room: 106E
Phone: 410-706-0502
 Jillian Pahel

Jillian Pahel, BS
Assistant Director, Student Services for Conway Scholars
Address: 106B
Phone: 410-706-3049

 Laura El Shafei Laura El Shafei, MPH, MA, RN
Student Success Coordinator/Educator, USG
Building I, Room 216E at USG
Phone: 301-738-6234
 ‌Dardanelles Estes headshot Dardanelles Estes, AA
Coordinator, Student Success Center
Room: 106
Phone: 410-706-5565