Open Letter to Students About the ASC

Hi, I’m Tracy Mendham, a learning specialist in the Academic Services Center at Franklin Pierce University, and this is an open letter to incoming students. I know that students are more likely make use of my department’s services if they know who we are and what we do. And since the services we offer can really help students survive and succeed, I want students to feel comfortable with us. So here’s a quick introduction to the ASC.



The Academic Services Center offers a variety of academic support programs, and many students drop in with quick questions on a regular basis. All services are free of charge to students enrolled at the Rindge campus.  Types of learning assistance we provide are:

  • Individualized freshman academic support
  • Peer to peer tutoring
  • Study skills courses
  • Time management
  • Assistance with organization
  • Resource material
  • Strategies for academic success
  • Reading skills instruction
  • Mathematics skills instruction
  • Assistance with special academic decisions and concerns

(Our services are popular, and in general individual assistance is limited to 30 minutes per week per student.) If you have questions about available services or would like to make an appointment to meet with a learning specialist or coordinator, please contact Rebecca Weidner at x4110.



I have worked at Franklin Pierce as an adjunct professor of College Writing since 2003, and have recently taken a position in Academic Services, making me the newest learning specialist at the ASC. I join Moe Baptiste in providing individual help to students with reading and writing assignments, and join Patti Vorfeld in providing learning support to first-year students.  With my background in writing instruction, one of my special missions is to help students who may not consider writing their strong suit. I advise, encourage, cheerlead, cajole, and when necessary nag students into writing success. 


I’m also a big fan of social media (such as blogs, podcasts, and online social networks) as a vehicle for academic success and personal expression and empowerment, and hope to use these tools to facilitate communication and community between students and the ASC.


Thank you for your time reading this blog post. I look forward to meeting you when you come to campus.

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  1. Thanks to the folks who brought to my attention that my voice is pretty much inaudible on this video. For this post, you can read what I said in the the text of the post. I’ll work on developing some mad AV skills for the next one.


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