Act 101 Program Assistants

Office of Access and Success

Bloomsburg University's Office of Access and Success is committed to supporting students as they strive to achieve academic excellence. The office develops and implements academic, social and cultural programming designed to assist students in developing the skills necessary for college persistence and graduation.

Through access and success, BU provides intrusive academic advising, research-based academic retention programs and intensive community engagement opportunities. All programs and initiatives developed by the office are designed to cultivate core strengths in the areas of academic self-confidence, self-advocacy, 21st century life skills, and community engagement. These core strengths are developed by providing students access to tutoring, supplemental instruction, mentoring, intrusive academic advising and intensive academic support.

Programs of the Office of Access and Success include: Act 101, Emerging Scholars, the Office of Diversity and Retention, Board of Governors, SEE Yourself Healthier and Happier and the Out of the Classroom: Into the Community initiative.

Access and Success Initiatives

Chat N Chews

What is life like as a minority student at BU? Why should young men accept the word “NO”?

What are toxic relationships and how can they impact you? How does one identify and deal with trauma?

These questions and others are explored in a series of “chat and chew” conversations. The Act 101 Program at Bloomsburg University engages students in small group discussions about topics that are relevant to today’s college student. The discussions, which take place over dinner, serve to challenge students to think about important issues that can impact them today and into the future.

Out of the Classroom Into the Community

An Initiative of the Act 101/EOP Program, designed to engage the Bloomsburg University community in academic-based conversations and community engagement opportunities focused on low income, urban communities.

Access and Success Contacts

Interim Director, Act 101/EOP
  Shannon Musgrove, M.S. |
Academic Advisor
  Thomas Griffith |
Administrative Assistant
  Judy Rostucher |

Office of Access and Success
40 Student Services Center

Peer Mentors: Job Description | Online Application

Wellness Academy

Research indicates that mindfulness practices positively impact students, specifically students that come to Bloomsburg University from communities that are struggling with issues of poverty and violence. The Wellness Academy, an initiative of the Act 101 program is designed to engage the university community in workshops and activities that will incorporate yoga, meditation, visualization and print materials focused on healthy living and positive decision making.

Yoga Class Every Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m.

Meditation Monday’s every week 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

act 101 wellness

Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program is a comprehensive academic support program targeting first generation Bloomsburg University students who are demonstrating risk factors that will increase the likelihood of not completing a four-year college degree. Through the Emerging Scholars Program, Bloomsburg University provides intensive, engaging and enriching opportunities for students to develop the skills that will assist them in achieving academic excellence.

The Emerging Scholars Program aims to cultivate core strengths in the areas of academic self-confidence, community engagement, 21st Century Life Skills and self-advocacy. The development of these core strengths is supported by tutoring, supplemental instruction, mentoring, intrusive academic advising and intensive academic support.


Hip Hop Academic

Bloomsburg University students are encouraged to explore the world of academic research and writing through non-traditional means, including popular culture. The Hip Hop Academic is designed to introduce BU students to the scholarship of academics such as Henry Louis Gates, Mark Lamont Hill, Roger Abrahams, and Cheryl Keyes. Students are encouraged to partner with their professors to explore ways to bring their interests and passions into the academic space.

Hip Hop academic

Counter Space: Promoting Healing and Enhancing Literacy

Counter Space, a program developed by Dr. Melissa Cheese, is designed to provide opportunities for BU students, specifically students who identify as “she” and “her” to engage in important conversations in “spaces” designed to promote support and healing. Counter Spaces, which incorporates conversations centered on literary pieces is also designed to promote reading and enhance the critical thinking skills of participants.

Book club

Keepin’ It Real About Mental Health

Keeping it Real About Mental Health is an Act 101 initiative designed to increase awareness about issues of mental health, trauma, anxiety, and depression. By engaging students in conversations about issues impacting their mental health and hosting programs designed to raise awareness about issues of mental health, the Act 101 program is keeping it real about issues of mental health. The Act 101 program is committed to developing and maintaining strategic relationships with offices such as the Center for Health and Wellness, the Student Health Center and the Office of Residence Life to identify Act 101 and other students who may need mental health support.