UGS 110: First-Year Seminar Focused on Starting Strong with Health, Wellness, and Resiliency

Beginning fall 2018, a first-year seminar titled Maximize Ability and Resiliency at MSU is offered by Team RCPD as a special 11-week UGS 110 course. In this first-year seminar, students will begin to draw upon the creativity and commitment of the MSU community to maximize their abilities and develop strategies and techniques for addressing their disabilities. In the context of a small, interactive class, students will explore ways to build resiliency, establish and maintain healthy habits, expand their connections to the MSU community, and identify resources and support systems they will use to succeed at MSU and beyond. The transition from high school to college can be challenging and intimidating, which causes many students to overlook the abilities they possess.

Course Topics Include:

  • Nutritional Wellness
  • Financial & Career Planning
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Academic Success Strategies

UGS 110 is a great way to make new friends and build connections to the MSU community!

Students and instructors pose for a group photo in front of the classroom.

How do I enroll in UGS 110?

Search for UGS 110 on the MSU Schedule of Courses to learn more or enroll. You can also talk with your RCPD specialist or academic advisor.

When is UGS 110 offered?

UGS 110 courses are offered every year in the fall semester. For Fall 2019 RCPD's UGS 110 course is scheduled to start Tuesday, September 10th continuing weekly until November 20th at 3:00pm-4:20pm.
 

 

 

Edith Moore Squires Vision & Resilience

Edith Moore Squires was a lifetime Spartan, special education teacher and fierce advocate for students with disabilities.  She strived to create accessibility that would allow students to build capacity and she embraced, celebrated and promoted human adaptability. 

The Edith Moore Squires Endowment provides funding to expand and promote ability and help students envision their highest potential.  Funding from the program and new staffing from the Gilbert family are leading new programming in the areas of health, wellness and resiliency including a new 1-credit course for first year students, intent on starting strong at MSU. 

What is Resiliency?

Resilience is defined as the capacity to bounce back from stress and adversity. Practicing resilient habits and behaviors creates a process of effective problem solving, positive coping skills, and an ability to move forward when faced with difficult circumstances. Resiliency is an important trait that everyone possesses in different ways. It is developed through experience, learning, and practice; everyone can benefit from increased resiliency!

Why Should I Be Thinking About Resiliency?

College students in general including students with disabilities are constantly faced with new, and often stressful, situations. Academic pressures, unfamiliar living situations, and developing new relationships can create stress and impact health and wellness during the college years. Increasing resiliency can help EVERYONE to maximize their ability and increase success at MSU and beyond.

How Do I Grow Resiliency?

There are many ways to develop resiliency! See the resources below to start learning how to increase your own resilient habits:

  • Start strong at State: Beginning fall 2018, a first-year seminar entitled Maximize Ability and Resiliency at MSU is offered by Team RCPD as a special 11-week UGS110 course. The course begins a couple weeks into the semester to facilitate enrollment even after arrival at MSU. Search for UGS110 to learn more or schedule for section 316. The transition from high school to college can be challenging and intimidating, which causes many students to overlook the abilities they possess.

    In this first-year seminar, students will begin to draw upon the creativity and commitment of the MSU community to maximize their abilities and develop strategies and techniques for addressing their disabilities. In the context of a small, interactive class, students will explore ways to build resiliency, establish and maintain healthy habits, expand their connections to the MSU community, and identify resources and support systems they will use to succeed at MSU and beyond.
     
  • Welcoming your ideas and input on resiliency – If you have an idea or would like to propose a program around vision and resiliency at MSU, please share your ideas with Kelsey Foote or your RCPD Ability Access Specialist.
Ability & Resiliency at MSU Articles/Websites

APA: The Road to Resilience

Angela Lee Duckworth Grit

“Finding Strength In Resiliency” (MSU Extension)

To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your Resilience

UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Magazine:

Self-Surveys:

TED Talks:

Campus Resources

The Michigan State University Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) provides students and employees with individualized services to create accessibility and support success in the classroom and workplace. MSU students and employees can begin registration with the RCPD to determine eligibility for accommodations and other services.

Wochholz Endowment for Persons with Disabilities

Harold F. and Phyllis N. Wochholz established this endowment to provide the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) with a source of funding to market MSU as a university with an exceptional and sustained record of success in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities. Harold, a 1958 graduate of the College of Engineering and RCPD 2007 Outstanding Alumnus, identifies MSU's accessible facilities as instrumental to the attainment of his engineering degrees and to his success as an engineer and leader within a major aerospace corporation. Employing a passion to involve today’s students with disabilities in a similarly life-changing experience, Wochholz family generosity helps youth connect with vibrant futures via a quality MSU education. In recent years Project Venture has extended MSU visibility by welcoming high school students to an immersive, multi-day pre-college orientation. 

Together with the College of Engineering, the RCPD will develop a continuous promotional program that will encourage future students with a disability to consider MSU as their choice for higher education. The RCPD encourages future students with a disability to engage the possibilities and lifetime rewards associated with higher education. 

Hal and Phyllis Wochholz join the RCPD in a visit to the Chandler Unified School District in Arizona, to speak on opportunities for students with disabilities.

"I think back to the summer of 1955 when I could just barely get around on crutches, didn't have a formal education and needed a safe/nice place for my family, and MSU was there for us!"

-Hal Wochholz

"We sincerely hope that others will join us in supporting RCPD and establishing MSU as a university that extends excellence to human needs as well as education."

-Hal & Phyllis Wochholz

This donor-supported program provides awareness and expanded opportunity for persons with disabilities. You can help support this initiative or find out more about other RCPD programs and donation opportunities by visiting the Make a Gift page.

Welcome Orientation Workshop

The Welcome Orientation Workshop (WOW) is a program for incoming students with disabilities, hosted by the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. This event takes place during welcome week and introduces students to the resources available during their time at MSU. The program offers participants a chance to get to know the RCPD staff, programming, and other students with disabilities. New Spartans leave the workshop with strategies for success and confidence to arrange accommodations with their professors through effective communication. 

The workshop ensures Spartans have the tools they need for a productive start to the school year. It also assures that each student meets their individual Ability Access Specialists prior to the start of classes. Students learn about accommodations and gain practical perspectives through Q&A panels with current MSU faculty and students. 

WOW is sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union. We thank them for their support of this signature program!

MSUFCU Logo

"The WOW seminar was a greatly informative meeting, I learned a lot about the resources provided and the benefits of being a part of RCPD.  One of the greatest things I got out of it was the sense of security...I left the meeting with a strong sense of pride to say I was a member of RCPD; whereas a few years ago, my pride is what kept me from asking for the help I did need. For this, I thank you very much as I feel much more confident in my academic performance and also in communicating with the faculty..."

-MSU RCPD student

Students newly registered with the RCPD need to RSVP for WOW. The RSVP form becomes available in mid-July each year.

Persons with Disabilities Empowerment Fund

As the RCPD’s first programmatic endowment, we continue founding Director Judy Gentile’s values in ensuring people discover their highest abilities and come to know disability as a challenge and call for action rather than a state of being.

This fund seeks to empower, motivate and promote the success of students and employees with disabilities, and to educate, support and inspire those working with persons with disabilities.  Contributions to this fund advance innovations in:

  • Career and employment readiness
  • Leadership development
  • Assistive technology
  • Audiovisual educational material accessibility
  • Disability awareness

This donor-supported program provides awareness and expanded opportunity for persons with disabilities. You can help support this initiative or find out more about other RCPD programs and giving opportunities by visiting the Make a Gift page.

Michael J. Hudson Emerging Opportunities Endowment

Initiated by Dr. Thomas and Ellen Maleck in 2009, the Michael J. Hudson Emerging Opportunities Endowment provides funding in support of team RCPD as they work to address current and emerging needs of individuals and families affected by disability.

The endowment recognizes the special needs of their daughter Lynn, developed as a result of service to her country as an army nurse in Operation Desert Storm, and also honors the leadership of Michael J. Hudson, Director of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. Director Hudson is passionate about MSU's status as a global leader in higher education and leads a team intent on maximizing ability and opportunity for persons with disabilities. His intensive focus on ability, skill development, and organizational efficiency aids his quest for excellence despite his own blindness.

Michael believes that disabilities need not limit achievement; they merely mandate a greater level of creativity, commitment and a repertoire of compensatory techniques. Collaboration with campus and community partners solidifies his conviction that, given the proper team, nearly any challenge can be overcome once identified and understood. “As we assemble and develop an outstanding team, they bring forth innovative concepts that promise to accelerate MSU leadership," he says. "This endowment provides resources critical to transforming bold new ideas from concept to realized innovation.” 

This endowment helps Team RCPD welcome veterans with service-related disabilities to MSU in a uniquely positive manner that emphasizes ability, opportunity, and outcomes. Building on the fall 2009 launch of the MSU Disabled Veterans Assistance Program, Team RCPD is working to welcome veterans with service-related disabilities to a vital community where world-class education holds the promise of transforming lives in the face of what, to many, seems like staggering odds.

Michael Hudson remarks, "The freedom and liberties we hold dear were earned by those who risked their own well-being to uphold our democracy. Higher education was instrumental in helping me and countless others with disabilities reach life dreams. That is why I ask you to consider a gift in support of those who select MSU as the first page of the next chapter of their life achievements."

Read a Fall 2016 MSU Today article about the impact this endowment has had on MSU's campus through the MSU Guide App!

This donor-supported program provides awareness and expanded opportunity for persons with disabilities. You can help support this initiative or find out more about other RCPD programs and donation opportunities by visiting the Make a Gift page.

 

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