Resources at FHSU can help students survive mid-term

With mid-term swiftly approaching, students at Fort Hays State University may be feeling a mixture of stress, exhaustion and low motivation, but help is available to them at little or no cost.

To help students deal with any -- or all -- of these symptoms, FHSU offers both on- and off-campus assistance.

Cutting corners on health is one big mistake that students make. It is important to eat properly, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and find time for fun and recreation.

"Students know how far behind they fall when they get sick," said Patty Griffin, director of the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center. "They need to take care of themselves."

The Student Health Center -- located in Memorial Union, room 012 -- is there to help solve this problem. The health center can help with the majority of basic health troubles and concerns.

A nurse, or nurse practitioner, is available during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, during fall and spring semesters. A doctor is also available for an hour or two each day. The health center is also open during the summer term.

No appointments are necessary for routine visits. Student health services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. More information on fees, hours and services provided is available at

Studying is also an integral part of student success during mid-terms, finals and all other times of the academic year.

"Even if things are not going as well as a student would like, they have plenty of time to make progress and improve their performance," said Griffin. "Now is the time to study."

FHSU's Kelly Center -- located in Picken Hall, room 308 -- features Academic Success Programs to provide encouragement, tutoring, supplemental instruction, skills and strategies for students.

Students having difficulties with general education classes can turn to student peer tutors -- also located in the Kelly Center. Peer tutors are students currently enrolled at FHSU who have received an A or B in the course(s) they are tutoring.

The tutors have been trained to help with the development of study skills that will provide a foundation for students to become more successful. They are available to assist with nearly 40 general education courses such as math, science, foreign language and English.

More information on the Academic Success Programs and Student Peer Tutoring can be obtained by visiting or by calling 628-4401.

Students looking for writing help can find it at the Writing Center. The Writing Center -- located in Forsyth Library, room 20 -- offers free, individualized assistance in all aspects of writing.

With a staff compiled of graduate and undergraduate tutors trained specifically to help students with writing concerns, the Writing Center strives to promote a campus environment through which FHSU students can become more comfortable with their writing, research and computer skills.

Students are welcome to visit the center as often as they wish. Walk-ins are available as scheduling permits but scheduling appointments in advance is encouraged. Appointments can be made by calling 628-4106 or by visiting the center.

Currently, the on-campus study resources are only available for limited hours. In hopes of providing 24-hour-a-day access and to help accommodate the needs of distance students, FHSU has partnered with SMARTTHINKING.

SMARTTHINKING provides live, online support, as a supplement to existing campus academic resources, for such courses and skills as math, statistics, writing, grammar, accounting, economics and chemistry.

Students can register for SMARTTHINKING by contacting the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center at 628-5577.
Conquering the stress and anxiety that often appears this time of year is yet another important part of student success. Students needing someone to talk to about these feelings, or anything else, can visit with a personal counselor at the Kelly Center. The counselors are there to help, being available to students as much as they are needed.

The counseling services can help students manage stress, cope with transition, work through relationship difficulties and alter self-defeating behaviors. To set up an appointment with a counselor, call 628-4401. More information about personal counseling services is available at

One more way for students to take an active role in their success is to visit with their advisors. Mid-term grades were due on Oct. 21 and advisors will have them by Oct. 23. Students can call their advisors now to schedule an appointment to discuss grades and academic progress.

Students unsure of who their advisors are can access their accounts at

"Advisors are there to help students achieve academic success," said Griffin. "They can help provide perspective, campus resources that would be beneficial, alternatives to coursework and issues that need to be addressed."

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Kent Steward, Director   |  |  Kurt Beyers, Assistant Director   |