A Minute with Marjorie Newman, Director of Student Transitions and Academic Success

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What is your role with the college and where does your passion from this role stem from?

I am the Director of Student Transitions and Academic Success. I work to provide supportive services to aid in a student’s success. Currently, this means I facilitate intentional student support services designed to meet the individual’s needs. I am also here to work with OC faculty and staff to create a first-year program where first-time freshmen will develop characteristics for a successful OC student with their classmates. My passion for students to succeed increased every year I worked in higher education. I’ve taught courses at the collegiate level for more than 10 years. As an instructor and assistant professor, I also had advisees to meet with. I understood the importance of advising students of the academic courses; this impacts their matriculation and success.   

What are the most exciting parts of your role?

The most exciting part of my role is the process of helping students develop. I like meeting students and informing them that I work for them. I like to see students accept the supportive services being offered. And nothing brings me more joy than seeing positive outcomes from the efforts students put forth. I truly enjoy developing a working relationship with OC students. 

What “words of wisdom” have you lived by that students can learn by?

I think students need to understand that they are at Olive College because this is where they belong. This is where they are supposed to face challenges, overcome obstacles, and grow. I think students need to understand that college is not supposed to be easy socially, emotionally nor academically BUT students must understand that we can help them navigate this life experience if they allow us. So, when a student is asked “How are you?” or “Can I help you?” don’t shrug that question off. 

What is an interesting or little-known fact about yourself?

There are so many unknown facts about me. I think the biggest secret is that I am a third-degree black belt in Karate. Although I don’t practice any more, it is an achievement I will always be proud of. 


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