Fall Semester 2019 Workshops

Counseling, Advising, and Transfer Center


Introduction to College and COD for Veterans and Military Personnel

Tuesday, Sept. 3, noon - 1 p.m.
Room: BIC 3403

Wednesday, Sept. 4, noon - 1 p.m.
Room: BIC 3415

Presenters: Devin Chambers, Mark Glenn, Dr. Jocelyn Harney, and Carolyn Margrave (Counselors for Veterans)

Get a head start on navigating the college campus and resources available to you as a new student military personnel or veteran.


I'm New to the USA and COD and Need Help!

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.

Presenter: Amal Jarad, Counselor

Room: BIC 3415

This workshop is great for all new students, first generation students and those whom English is not their first language. Come and find out how to be successful at COD, learn to navigate your way through college, find ways to face difficulties and learn about the resources available on campus. Meet others like you who are going through similar experiences.


Got Goals?

Thursday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. – noon

Presenter: Erin Fabrizio, Counselor

Room: BIC 3421

Come and learn steps for success. How do you put together where and what you want to be with how you are going to get there? Discover simple strategies that you can use on a daily basis.


College Success for Students with ADD/ADHD

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Presenters: Dr. Michael Duggan, Counselor, and Devin Chambers, Counselor

Room: BIC 3421

How do you handle the academic and time management challenges of college when you have ADD/ADHD? Gain practical tips and strategies to tackle college successfully as a student with ADD/ADHD.


Ready, Set, Transfer

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 – 7 p.m.

Carol Stream Center

Presenter: Elaine Belanger

Room: 108, Carol Stream Center

Are you thinking about transferring to a 4-year college or university?  Are you unsure as to what to do first?  Come to this workshop and find out how to choose the best school for you, when are the best times to apply, what key information schools will need from you, and much more.


Breaking the Pattern of Procrastination

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Presenter: Danice McGrath, Counselor

Room: BIC3465

Are you constantly scrambling to get things done? Are you often in a deadline-induced panic? Do you wish you were more productive? If so, this workshop is for you. Come explore reasons why people procrastinate and learn ways to overcome your patterns of procrastination.


Is it Partying or a Problem? Ways to Identify Substance Use and Abuse

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Presenter: Alison Greene

Room: BIC 3525

Many people like to experiment with drugs and alcohol, especially when they are in college. As a part of Substance Abuse Awareness Month, this workshop will identify recreational use versus abuse of alcohol and other drugs. It will define the most common alcohol and drugs used by college students as well as the effects they can have on overall health. Resources will also be available on how or where to get help if you feel that you or a loved one need help with their addiction.


Exercise, Brain Power & Mental Health

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 - 11 a.m.

Presenters: Matt Cousins, Chap Fitness Center Manager, and Dr. Dennis Emano, Counselor

Room: BIC 1H05

Are you feeling anxious, stressed out, and overwhelmed with school?  Does your brain feel fried and unable to focus or concentrate?  Find out how even a little bit of physical activity can work wonders for your brain and mental health and lead to greater student success.  This session includes a free fitness orientation.


Excuse Me, Do You Have the Time?

Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan, Counselor

Room: BIC 3435

Always running around at the last minute? Feeling pressured and don’t know where your day went? Well, it is probably a thing called life that has you up and going all the time. Participate in this session on time management and find out exactly where you are spending time and how to prioritize it.


Transfer Week Workshops (Oct. 14-Oct. 18)

I’m Undocumented/DACAmented...How Do I Transfer and Pay for University?

Monday, Oct. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Devin Chambers, Counselor

Room: BIC 3419

Are you unsure about the transfer process as an undocumented/DACAmented student? Learn about the ins-and-outs of transferring to a university as an undocumented/DACAmented student. Come away with scholarship and other resources to help you afford university.


Transfer Research

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. - noon

Presenter: Wendy Thorup-Pavlick, Counselor

Room: BIC 3461

Learn the latest online tools designed to help you research your transfer university/college options and simplify the transfer process.


Understanding Grief and Loss

Wednesday, Oct. 23, noon - 1 p.m.

Presenter: Barbara Dion, Counselor

Room: BIC 3419

Grief is the normal process of grieving the loss of someone or something dear to us.  What can we expect when we or someone else is going through the Grief Process?  How can we help the mourner?


How to Be a Straight A Student in College

Thursday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - noon

Presenter: Danice McGrath, Counselor, and Laura Nenninger, Counselor

Room: BIC 3421

We have all heard the saying, “Study Smarter Not Harder,” but what does that really mean?  Based on the book by Cal Newport,  How to become a Straight A student, you will learn practical strategies that will help you streamline and maximize your study time, absorb material quickly and effectively, excel on your exams, and more. Come discover the secrets of straight “A” students and learn ways to become a more successful student and raise your GPA.


Art Therapy as a Stress Relief

Tuesday, Oct. 29, noon - 1 p.m.

Presenter: Valerie Galgan, Counselor

Room: BIC 3C04

Need a break from your studies, home life, or maybe your social life? Tap into your inner creativity and explore ways to use ART as a form of stress relief. Learn about the effects of stress and engage in various art activities that you can use during stressful times.


Is There a Trick to Choosing a College Major?

Thursday, Oct. 31, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Carla Johnson, Counselor

Room: BIC 3435

We will discuss the myths and truths behind this burning question, as we explore effective ways to approach choosing your major path. While you won’t have a magic answer at the end of this session, you will have a simple process to start today and finish outside of the workshop that will help you find your answer. Join us for a real treat!


Veterans and Military Personnel Transfer Success

Tuesday, Nov. 5, noon - 1 p.m.

Room: BIC 3C04

Wednesday, Nov. 6, noon - 1 p.m.

Room: BIC 3419

Presenters: Devin Chambers, Mark Glenn, Dr. Jocelyn Harney, and Carolyn Margrave (Counselors for Veterans)

Learn the ins-and-outs about successfully transferring to college/university as a student military personnel or veteran. Find out information about yellow-ribbon schools and other resources available as a transfer student.


Are You Sabotaging Your Academic Success?

Thursday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Rosie Carbajal-Romo, Counselor

Room: BIC 3435


For more information, call (630) 942-2259 or stop by the Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services Office, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200.


Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259

Regular Hours for the Glen Ellyn campus:

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check with each off-campus center for their hours:

Carol Stream

New to College of DuPage?
Stop by or call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or Counseling, Advising and Transfer at (630) 942-2259.

Continuing or Past COD Students
For appointments at COD's main campus, call (630) 942-2259, or one of the COD Centers.

Ask a counselor a question.