STUDENT-Athlete SUPPORT SERVICES

academic support

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STRUCTURED STUDY HALL

Structured study hall provides all incoming student-athletes an opportunity to build good study habits and skills in order to transition from High School to college seamlessly.

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TUTORING

Student-Athlete Support Services offers academic support through course-specific tutoring to provide greater understanding and retention of course content among the student-athletes.

Go to ACADEMIC SKILL DEVELOPMENT

ACADEMIC SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Academic Skill Development provides 1-on-1 sessions where student-athletes will work with a Strategy Mentor to develop fundamental academic skills needed to be successful in college.

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DIRECTED STUDY TIME

Directed Study Time provides a structured and productive learning environment for students to complete their course work efficiently.

Student-Athlete Support Service's mission is to holistically develop student-athletes on their path to graduation, and prepare them to become productive members of a global society.

sass staff

Steve McDonnell

Interim Director of Student-Athlete Support Services
Steve McDonnell has worked in leadership roles in higher education for over 36 years. He has worked as the Director of Student-Athlete Support Services at the Division I level for 28 years, including Iowa State University, Texas A&M and Colorado State University.

BECKY ORR

Asst. Director of Student-Athlete Support Services
Becky, a Muskegon, Michigan native, joined the SASS staff in 2010. Becky earned her B.S., M.A. and M.S. from Michigan State University. Duties include Women’s Basketball, Football, Human Resources

MARIE TYRRELL

Asst. Director of Student-Athlete Support Services
Marie, a Manistique, Michigan native, joined the SASS staff in 2014. Marie earned both her B.S. and M.S. from Michigan State University. Duties include Cross Country, Track & Field, Volleyball, Intern Supervisor, Rambition, Transfer Evaluations

Cheryl Walther

Learning Specialist
Cheryl, an Orlando, Florida native, joined the SASS staff in 2016. Cheryl earned her B.S. and M.Ed. from University of Florida. Duties include Learning Assistance Program and Resource for Disabled Students office Liaison.

JOYLYNN BENEFIEL

Academic Coordinator
Joy, a Fort Collins, Colorado native, joined the SASS staff in 2009. Joy earned her B.A. and M.A. from Colorado State University. Duties include Men’s Basketball, Women’s Tennis,Women’s Softball, Guest Coaches Program, Curriculum, Teaching and Research, and Graduate Students

Alex Sommer

Academic Coordinator
Alex, an Oxford, Ohio native, joined SASS in 2018. She earned her B.S. and B.A. from Miami University. She earned her M.Ed. from Kent State University. Duties include Men’s and Women’s Golf, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Women’s Soccer, and Football

Ryan Taylor

Academic Coordinator
Ryan, a Detroit, MI native, joined SASS in 2018. He earned his B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and his M.Ed. from University of Toledo. Duties include Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field and Football

We focus on the conscious pursuit of personal and collective growth through the expansion of knowledge, experiences, awareness, and empowerment.

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