Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative

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Welcome to the Neighborhoods. We're here to support you.

Everything at your fingertips, right in your own neighborhood

College is a time to grow, discover yourself and the world around you, and develop long-lasting relationships. Your Neighborhood Engagement Center is a unique space serving as your hub for tutors, advisors, health practitioners, and other consultants that can help you navigate through your college career.

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North Engagement Center

The North Neighborhood is comprised of Mason/Abbot, and Snyder/Phillips Halls, just north of the Red Cedar River and Campbell, Gilchrist, Landon, Mayo, Williams and Yakeley Halls, situated along Michigan and Grand River Avenues. The North Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in the MSU Union.

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South Engagement Center

The South Neighborhood is located southwest of Spartan Stadium, between West Shaw Lane and Trowbridge Road. The South Neighborhood is comprised of four residence halls: Case, Wonders, Holden and Wilson Halls. The South Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in Holden Hall.

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East Engagement Center

The East Neighborhood is located on the northeast side of campus near the intersection of Hagadorn and Shaw Roads. The East Neighborhood is comprised of three residence halls: Akers, Holmes and Hubbard Halls. The East Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in Hubbard Hall.

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Brody Engagement Center

The Brody Neighborhood is located on the west side of campus, just north of the Red Cedar River. Brody is comprised of six residence halls that surround Brody Hall, where many of the neighborhood's common services are located, including the Brody Neighborhood Engagement Center. The residence halls located within the Brody complex include: Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Emmons and Rather halls.

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River Trail

River Trail Engagement Center

The River Trail Neighborhood is located along the south bank of the Red Cedar River on Shaw Lane. The River Trail Neighborhood is comprised of four residence halls: McDonel Hall, Shaw Hall, Owen Graduate Hall and Van Hoosen Apartments. The River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in McDonel Hall.

Resources for your every need

Located in every neighborhood, engagement centers provide the academic, intercultural, and health and wellness services needed for a successful journey at MSU. The best part? Free for all students.

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Academic support resources and advising to support developing effective academic skills.

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Career & Purpose

Support for finding one’s place at MSU relative to future major and/or career goals.

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Engagement with diverse populations and ideas to gain a sense of one's own identity and values.

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Health & Wellness

Assistance with managing self in terms of health and finances, identifying and reducing stress, as well as engaging in pro-health behaviors.

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Community Living

Development of social and peer connections at MSU; contributing to life in a respectful community; developing the ability to discuss, negotiate, and resolve conflict while negotiating multiple communities.

News + Events

Your source for the latest student news and events across campus.

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Marathon of Majors

Deciding on a major can be an overwhelming process. A student’s major often determines their entire academic path, internships, and ultimately their career. This is why the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) hosts the semi-annual Marathon of Majors event for students who want to explore a variety of majors and programs.

On March 14th, representatives from MSU colleges were on hand to provide guidance to students investigating possible majors. Topics covered included information about majors, study abroad/away, scholarships, internships, and career opportunities. Academic Support Units—including the Career Services Network, Admissions, Air Force, Army, the Undergraduate Research Office, and many more—were on hand to answer questions and provide information about ways to gain outside the classroom experiences.

Academic Advisors Aaron Tucker and Christy Stehouwer coordinated and curated the event, providing a wonderful explorative experience for students. According to Tucker, “Marathon of Majors is a great opportunity for students to explore majors, speak with advisors, and gain knowledge of multiple academic resources.” Tucker also stated, “sometimes it’s challenging for students to meet with multiple advisors when they are exploring majors. Marathon of Majors provides an environment suitable for quick conversations with advisors and college representatives.”

Since 2001 this free event has evolved into a great resource for Undergraduate students. Lauren Golden is a freshman at MSU and attended the event because she was looking to change her major, but didn’t know what major to switch to. Lauren said “getting more information in one spot was very helpful.” Another freshman, Dakota Hurd, stated that she came to the event “to find information on studying abroad and also Undergraduate Research options.” Even non-MSU students found the event helpful. Sophomore Megan Schneider stated that this event helped her decide to transfer to MSU “because she found out information on what minor to choose.”

The next Marathon of Majors event will be held in the Fall.

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A Summit on Black Male Academic Success and Inclusion

“ The Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative in support of the College of Education presents, “Making Relationships Work Summit: Black Male Academic Success and Inclusion”.

Space is Limited to first 175 registrants.

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