SSC Success Series

Success is a series of small things

What does it take to be successful in college? That question is answered both inside and outside the classroom, as you take advantage of the many resources and opportunities UofL has to offer.

The SSC Success Series offers a wide variety of meetups, events and workshops to help you connect with other students, add to your student success toolbox, and possibly win some prizes along the way.

Download the "Welcome Week & SSC Success Series" Guide in the UofL New Cards App for all the details you need to participate.

Thank you to our SSC Event Series sponsors PNC Bank and Commonwealth Credit Union for helping to make events and prizes* available!


 PNC Bank   

*About prizes: University policy requires tracking of prizes of $100 or more in value for tax purposes. If a student is awarded prizes totaling $600 or more during the calendar year, that will be reported on a Form 1099.


Fall 2021 Calendar of Events

All events are FREE and open to all students, though some events may particularly appeal to a target audience, as noted by the "track" indicators below.
They'll be hosted virtually and/or in person as noted.

Event details are still being added.

 

AUGUST
 

DATE & TIME EVENT DETAILS TRACK(S)

8/18
8-9:30pm 

BINGO Like Never B-4 (SAC Plaza & Virtual)
Join the Student Success Center for in-person or virtual BINGO and the chance to win fabulous prizes to start your semester off right: Echo Dot, college and outdoor gear, and more. Coverall winner(s) will pick their choice of Awesome Award, and winner(s) of each round will pick their choice of Sur-prize. Prizesbrought to you by Commonwealth Credit Union.

  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen 

 
SEPTEMBER      

DATE & TIME EVENT DETAILS TRACK(S)
9/1
11a-2p
Sophomore September Kickoff (Belknap Academic Building Lobby)
The SSC welcomes back UofL's second-year students with Sophomore September. Swing by to grab your UofL Swag bag, which includes your FREE second-year t-shirt, Cardinal Compass academic planner, and mini office supplies. First 250 receive a Kizito cookie, and all sophomores can enter to win an Echo Dot to be given away to one attendee!
  • 2ndYear
9/2
4-5pm
First-Generation Student Welcome & Panel (Belknap Academic Building, Rm. 130)
As a first gen student you have what it takes to succeed, but sometimes financial, family, academic or work pressures can make the first gen student experience particularly challenging. Hear from first-gen current students and UofL first-gen staff on their experiences and advice. All first-gen attendees can enter to win an Echo Dot given away at that event.
  • FirstGen
9/8
7-8:30
Craft Night in the SSC (Belknap Academic Building Lobby)
For the crafty (and not-so-crafty): Paint-your-own mini-canvas, button-making, personalized swag, relaxing coloring and hanging out. No talent needed to have fun! One Grand Prize & 2 Sur-prizes awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & Commonwealth Credit Union!
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
9/9
5-5:30pm
Building Your College Resume (virtual via Teams)
What should you know about tailoring your college-level resume for a part-time job, a leadership position on campus, a scholarship opportunity, or a future internship opportunity? Learn important tips from the University Career Center staff. 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30
4-5pm

KORU Mindfulness Series (requires registration)
Looking to reduce stress and anxiety, increase concentration or improve your resilience?  Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, & stress management to 18-26 year olds and beyond. Koru Basics is a 4-session course that teaches participants how to ‘build their mindfulness muscle’ through daily practice of a variety of meditations & techniques. Must be available to attend all 4 sessions. At least one student who completes the series will win a Waterglider Meditation Cushion. Register online.

  • 1stYear
9/13
1-2pm
Experiential Learning: Panel of UofL Opportunities (SAC W116 - first floor near Canon)
Study Abroad & International Service Learning, Internships, & Leadership & Service-- what opportunities are available and how do you get connected to them? All your questions, answered! 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 2ndYear

9/14
5-5:30

Finding Student Employment (virtual via Teams)
Looking for a job to pay for school or earn a little extra spending money? The Career Center will show you how to maximize your search with UofL's career services platform, Handshake, to connect with employers and career opportunities.1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen

**DATE CHANGE to 9/22**


12:05-12:50pm

**DATE CHANGE TO 9/22**

Beginner Mat Yoga (Virtual via Teams)
Beginner-level yoga flow class for stretching and relaxation.1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
9/21
2-2:50pm
4-Letter Personality Type (virtual via Zoom)
This interactive workshop will begin with a quick, online assessment and move into analysis of your results to explore how you tend to respond in certain situations, how you organize your thinking, and how you prefer to interact with others. Learning and reflecting on your results can help you improve your academics and study habits, select a major that's the right fit or lead you to discovering new career opportunities.1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
9/23
7-8pm

BINGO Night (Ekstrom West Lawn & virtual)
Join the Student Success Center for in-person or virtual BINGO and the chance to win fabulous prizes to start your semester off right: Echo Dot, college and outdoor gear, and more. Coverall winner(s) will pick their choice of Awesome Award, and winner(s) of each round will pick their choice of Sur-prize.Prizes  brought to you by Commonwealth Credit Union.

  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
9/27
5-6:30pm

Engaging in Difficult Conversations (Belknap Academic Bldg. Rm 218) - Registration requested.
“OMG!!! Did I really just hear that?” “No, you misunderstood me, that’s not what I meant!” “Everyone is just too sensitive these days!” This engaging session is designed to increase the effectiveness of everyday conversations as we strive to foster learning environments that are more inclusive and equitable for all. Participants will explore basic tools that are effective in the workplace and beyond. The goal of this session is not to ensure perfection, but to equip us with effective strategies as we continue to learn and grow in our increasingly diverse world.  1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!

  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
9/30
4 - 5pm
Dressing the Part: How to Dress for an Interview (Belknap Academic Bldg, Rm. 206)
Tips from the University Career Center & TRIO. $20 Goodwill Vouchers available to participants.  1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen

 
OCTOBER  

DATE & TIME EVENT DETAILS TRACK(S)
10/7
2:30-3:30pm
Understanding Your Procrastination Habits: A Key to Successful Time Management (Belknap Academic Building, Rm 125)
What causes those days where you're sure you're going to tackle your nagging to-do list and homework assignments, but you find yourself at 10pm realizing you might as well just wait 'till tomorrow? In this interactive workshop, you'll identify your personal procrastination tendencies and learn how to manage those so that you can meet your goals. 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
10/8
7pm
Outdoor Movie Night (part of Family Weekend)
Bring your friends, family, or framily to this outdoor movie. Student Activities Board and the Student Success Center welcome your ENTIRE family for the first Outdoor Movie Night of the year on Grawemeyer Lawn! The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be snacks galore! Come catch a screening of Black Widow under the stars! 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to Commonwealth Credit Union.
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
10/12
5-6pm
Mock Interview Dash with the Career Center (Join via Zoom)
Think speed dating, but with interview practice. The University Career Center will provide some best-practice tips first, and then you can get one-on-one practice answering a variety of questions. No preparation needed-- just come ready to learn a little and talk about yourself.  1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize from the uofl.me/championschest awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 2ndYear
10/12
5:15-6pm
REFIT (SAC East Gym & virtual)
Beginner-level, total-body cardio workout that leaves you smiling. Weaves dance moves for everybody & body type with positive music & heart work. Comfortable athletic clothes, tennis shoes, & water bottle recommended. 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
10/20
7-8pm
BINGO Night (West Plaza/Red Barn and virtual)
Join the Student Success Center for in-person or virtual BINGO and the chance to win fabulous prizes. Coverall winner(s) will pick their choice of Awesome Award, and winner(s) of each round will pick their choice of Sur-prize. Prizes brought to you by Commonwealth Credit Union.
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
10/27
12-1:30
Antiracism: Part 1 - Registration requested
“I am NOT racist!” While that is a great statement, is that enough? Better yet, how do we know we aren’t racist? During this engaging session, we will define and explore critical terms in order to develop a common understanding. Participants will also learn how various concepts show up in and around us daily. Finally, participants will explore strategies designed to dismantle racism in the workplace and beyond. Let’s create a better world TOGETHER! 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen

 

NOVEMBER

DATE & TIME EVENT DETAILS TRACK(S)
11/3 Essay Writing Prep
As scholarship applications open up, you'll want to be prepared to create a persuasive and well-written essay for submission. Join the Writing Center to get tips on how to make your essay stand out in a crowd and help your application rise to the top. 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
11/4
7-8:30pm
Game Night at the SSC (Belknap Academic Building Lobby)
Will you go old school (such as Battleship, Connect 4 and chess), yard-style (corn hole or ladder ball) or word games (Catchphrase or Scattergories)? Whatever you choose, bring your A game and face off against your fellow students and Student Success Ambassadors in some friendly competition. Prizes brought to you by Commonwealth Credit Union.
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen
11/8 National Celebration of First-Generation Students
  • FirstGen
11/10
2-2:50pm
Banking Basics for College Students (Virtual via Teams)
In college, you have the opportunity to learn a lot more than just what’s taught in class. With new people, new places and new activities, there’s a lot to do and a lot to experience. Through it all, you must learn to balance freedom and responsibility. Discover the basics of budgeting, credit and identity theft to help keep your life in balance while you’re in school. 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen

11/16
7-8:30pm

Craft Night in the SSC (Belknap Academic Building Lobby)
As the end of semester makes life a little crazy, relax in the SSC with a paint-your-own mini-canvas, personalized swag, coloring sheets, and more. Prizes brought to you by Commonwealth Credit Union.
  • 1stYear
  • 2ndYear
  • FirstGen

11/18
1-2pm

Strengths for Students (Virtual via Zoom, requires registration)
A Strengths philosophy suggests that we're better off focusing on maximizing our natural talents rather than spending so much of our energy trying to improve in our areas of weakness. Register to receive your free Strengths for Students code to learn your Top 5 Strengths themes. You'll take the 30-minute assessment prior to this workshop so you're prepared to evaluate and apply your results to relationships, academics and work. Register online. 1 Grand Prize and 1 Sur-prize awarded to randomly selected students thanks to the SSC & PNC Bank!
  • 2ndYear