ASPIRE-Student Support Services

  ASPIRE-SSS Offers Tuition-Waived Courses.

 2014 Fall Course Listing 

 2014 Fall Course Descriptions 

ASPIRE Services, Workshops and Events

Call 715-232-5180 or stop at 310 Bowman Hall
to schedule a math specialist or writing specialist appointment.

Academic Advising Meetings

 ASPIRE advisors and students in Academic Meetings discuss...

  • what is going on in each class
  • interaction with professors and/or room mates and class mates
  • time management, stress reduction
  • supplemental course selection
  • financial literacy (college budget planning, assistance in filling out the FAFSA, etc.)
  • campus resources and/or referral to campus resources
  • graduate school preparation
  • other miscellaneous topics as prompted by the student

MATH Specialist - (Call 715-232-5180)

ASPIRE offers math assistance to members of ASPIRE.

Click here to view the schedule.

Please call to schedule a meeting. (715) 232-5180

WRITING Specialist - (Call 715-232-5180)

ASPIRE has two writing assistants. Call our office to schedule an appointment. 715-232-5180

ASPIRE Writing Specialists:

  • Margaret Kitze - Welcome to the 2014 Spring Semester at Stout. If you find that you want help with speeches, papers, scholarship applications, resumes, internship requests or any other college writing assignments, make an appointment today. I can help you with brainstorming, organizing, proof-reading and other paper requirements.
  • Elizabeth Barone

Algebra Course Preparation Workshops

3/24 thru 5/9 - By 1-on-1 Appointment

  • Are you taking an algebra course (i.e. Math 010, 110, 118, or 120) next semester?
  • Want help preparing for the skills that you will need to be successful in the course? 
  • The workshop is set up so that you spend your own time reviewing materials that prepare you for the course.Nick will walk you through a few online websites which will guide you through your course preparation.If you have questions while going through the material, Nick will be available for assistance.
  • ¨Bring your Laptop!

Schedule appointments through the ASPIRE office:

310 Bowman Hall or 715-232-5180

E-mail Nick with any questions:


Essay Paper vs Essay Exam Workshop

Feb 26, 425 Bowman Hall

Feb 27, 13 Bowman Hall (repeat of Feb 26)

  • Review structure, see examples, ask questions, and pick up some tips for making your writing clear, concise, and interesting.
  • Learn the difference between the structure of an essay paper and an essay test
  • Learn how to make a plan for writing
  • Learn how to make the paper long enough
  • Learn helpful strategies for the PPST/CORE writing component
  • Review in time for tests, end of the semester papers and applications.

Call the ASPIRE office to sign up or just show up! 

Margaret Kitze, Facilitator


Graduate School Exploration Workshops

ASPIRE is offering 3 workshops for graduate school:

  • March 12, 3:30-4:30 Graduate School Preparation and Opportunities at UW-Stout - MSC Oakwood
  • April 9, 3:30-4:30 Getting into the Right Graduate Program - MSC Oakwood
  • April 23, 3:30-4:30 Great Statements and Outstanding Letters - MSC Oakwood

Find out what program is right for you and more.

Review the flyer here.

Elizabeth Barone, Facilitator


Grammar and Punctuation Refresher Workshops

This workshop has concluded, however, if you'd like to make an appointment, Margaret will go over the material with you. Call 715-232-5180 to make an appointment.

February 17 or February 18, 3:35-4:25,
13 Bowman Hall

  • Learn how to spot and fix a fragment or run-on sentence
  • Review common punctuation rules
  • Learn to identify common grammatical errors

Sign up through the ASPIRE office at 310 Bowman Hall or call 715-232-5180. If you cannot make either workshop date, schedule a 1-on-1 appointment.

Facilitator, Margaret Kitze, ASPIRE Writing Specialist

My Voice, My Choice

Self Advocacy Workshop

  • Do you want to learn strategies that empower you to get what you want and/or need?

Learn how to identify and meet your needs as a college student in ways that do not compromise the dignity of yourself or others.

Please join us in this workshop on Tuesday, February 18

3:35-4:25 at MSC-White Pine

Becky Marine, ASPIRE Advisor

Disclosing My Disability to a Potential Employer

When, how, or even should I . . . disclose my disability to a potential employer?

  • What are the pros/cons?
  • What are my rights and responsibilities?
  • What types of accommodations can be made for me on the job?

Gain information so that you can make informed decisions.

Please join us in this workshop, Thursday, March 27, 2014
3:35 – 4:25 at MSC White Pine

Becky Marine, ASPIRE Advisor

PPST & CORE Test Preparation

By 1-on-1 Appointment

To receive admission into the School of Education at UW-Stout, you must first pass either the PPST (if you have taken it before) or the CORE (recommended generally after February 2014). This all-inclusive ongoing workshop will cover: 

  • finding your way around the Praxis website
  • test format options
  • state requirements for passing
  • fees
  • how to register for the test
  • resources to help you prepare for the test

Nick and Margaret will be providing additional tutoring support throughout the semester based on individual need. Call to schedule an appointment, 715-232-5180 or stop in 310 Bowman Hall.  
Bring your Laptop!

Facilitators: Nick Jakusz, ASPIRE Math Specialist/Advisor;and Margaret Kitze, ASPIRE Writing Specialist

E-mail Nick with any questions:

Statistic Course Preparation Workshops

Wednesday, April 30,
3:35-4:25 MSC-Birch

Statistics is a required course for many majors here at UW-Stout. If you are taking statistics in the Summer or Fall 2014, this will be a beneficial workshop for you. The workshop, intended for students who have never taken statistics before, will cover; a review of material your professor expects you to know before entering statistics, an overview of what to expect in the course, tips to reduce anxiety and special stats study skills. 

Facilitator: Nick Jakusz, ASPIRE Math Specialist/Advisor

Click HERE to register.

If you cannot make the 4/30 workshop, schedule a
1-on-1 appointment with Nick through the ASPIRE office

Study Skills and Reducing Test Anxiety Workshop

This workshop has concluded, however, if you are interested in finding out about study skills and reducing test anxiety, you may schedule an appointment with Nick by calling 715-232-5180.


Wednesday, February 12
3:35-4:25 MSC-Birch

This workshop will cover everything you need to make the most out of your hard work both in and out of the classroom. Topics include: note taking, memory enhancement, exploring your learning style, ways to reduce test anxiety and more!
Register HERE!
Bring your Laptop!
* If you cannot make this workshop schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with Nick

Facilitator: Nick Jakusz, ASPIRE Math Specialist/Advisor

Welcome to UW-Stout’s Student Support Services (SSS) website. Our programs are funded by two federal TRiO grants for first generation, income eligible and/or students with disabilities. We provide access to a wide range of academic assistance and supplemental services. In addition, a limited amount of Student Grant Aid is disbursed yearly. All enrolled students are assigned an academic advisor to assist in navigating the college experience. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us and the services that we provide.