WMU News

Two appointed in Center for Academic Support Programs

Nov. 11, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- Two Western Michigan University employees have been named to new positions in the University's Center for Academic Support Programs.

Marilyn V. Duke has been named director of the Academic Skills Center, home of the University's tutorial initiatives for undergraduates and graduate students in certain areas.

Betty D. Dennis has been selected as director of University Curriculum, which serves students who have not yet decided on a major and houses many special student support programs.

Duke previously served as assistant director of the Center for Academic Support Programs for University Curriculum, where she began as an academic advisor with the inception of the program in 1985. In the Academic Skills Center, she will oversee workshops, seminars and tutorials in many disciplines, the Writing Center and one of the state's largest Supplemental Instruction programs.

Duke holds her bachelor's and master's degrees from WMU and is pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. She replaces Cynthia Overly, who resigned.

Dennis replaces Duke in a position that has been redefined. In addition to working with students who have not declared a major, she will oversee several special admissions programs, the High School Dual Enrollment Program, the Academic Transitions Program and the Office of Services for Students with Learning Disabilities.

Dennis most recently served as coordinator of the Alpha Program, which is designed for freshmen who need extra academic support, and as an academic advisor in the University Curriculum area. A WMU employee since 1987, Dennis also has worked as an academic advisor in the Haworth College of Business. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from WMU.

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