Academic Support Services
The Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement Staff members work closely with student-athletes as well as faculty advisors on academic planning, study skills, goal-setting, majors, minors, etc. The Athletics-Academic Advisement program has two main focuses: The first is to be a valuable resource to the student-athlete for all types of collegiate information. Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement Alyssa Gates and her staff help student-athletes create a class schedule that allows each individual to maximize class participation without compromising their athletic commitments.
The office also assists student-athletes to identify major and pre-professional programs that will prepare them for life in the professional world. Additionally, the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement serves as a safety net. In this capacity, the office staff monitors student-athletes progress through the course of the semester. Should a student-athlete begin to struggle in a class, the professional staff intervenes and helps the individual through the learning process by identifying the problem and assisting in organizing tutorials and study hall sessions to help the student better understand class material and improve their study skills.
Staff of the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement as well as Marist's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Faculty Representative Dr. John Ritschdorff, help the student-athletes to prioritize their time so as not to be overwhelmed by the adjustment to college life. They provide assistance in helping the student-athlete to balance the rigors of academic and athletic demands. "Marist wants its student-athletes to have as complete a collegiate experience as possible," said Ritschdorff. "We want each student-athlete to walk away from Marist having not just taken classes and competed but having experienced campus life as a whole."
Marist Vice President of Student Affairs, Deb DiCaprio, is an avid supporter of the Athletics-Academic Advisement Program. DiCaprio sees each participant, at whatever level of competition, as a student-athlete, a person who is first and foremost a student, but who also extends and heightens his or her undergraduate experience through personal fitness and team dedication.