What is Residential Education?
The purpose of Residential Education is to encourage academic success through residential student support services. These services are intended to foster and facilitate student development through relationship-building with university faculty and staff, assistance with forming essential skills and habits for academic success, and actively providing opportunities for critical thinking and reflection.
Residential Education Programs
- Elevate & Elevate 2.0 Living Learning Communities for First-Generation College Students
- Social Justice Living Learning Community
- Honors Program & Housing Scholars Living Learning Communities
Dr. Jessica Bettencourt Wojciechowski
Assistant Director, Residential Education
My favorite thing about Stan State is...
Working with our students, supporting them as they navigate college and watching them become successful Alumni of Stan State.
As a member of the Stanislaus State community for over 15 years, Dr. Jessica Bettencourt Wojciechowski has gained a wide breadth of experience to guide her approach as the Assistant Director of Residential Education for Housing and Residential Life.
Dr. Bettencourt Wojciechowski earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and Public Relations with a minor in Psychology in 2010 from Stanislaus State. This was followed by completion of a Master of Public Administration Degree in 2013, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2018. Jessica’s educational experiences at Stanislaus State along with her experience working in higher education, including several years as an Academic and Career Advisor, have given her the opportunity to appreciate the advantages as well as the challenges students may encounter living and learning at Stan State.
Jessica and her husband Mike, who also works at Stan State, live in Turlock with their two children, Maia, Mason, and dog Geno. They welcome you to Housing and Residential Life and are proud to be part of the Warrior family!
I Can Help You...
- Design a plan for future term success
- Get involved in Faculty-in-Residence programming and informal interactions
- Build success strategies for all types of classes and instructors, with consideration for various teaching and learning styles
- Review and understand your class syllabi: course requirements, grading scale, attendance policy, how to contact professors, how course assignments are impacted
- Get career ready
- Review your GPA and understand the different grading options, and even do a GPA projection based on how you feel you're doing in your classes
- Develop study plans and create a weekly schedule for classes and studying
- Understand how test formats have changed and best practices for online test taking
- Manage your time effectively by prioritizing your tasks and responsibilities
- Connect with campus resources and support services
- Navigate the university website, online student portal, course websites (Blackboard and Canvas), and your student email account
Juliana De Melo
Academic Success Advisor
My favorite thing about Stan State is...
Seeing my students succeed in their academic, career, and personal lives! It brings me so much joy to connect them to the various resources on campus and contribute to their overall success as they navigate through college.
Juliana De Melo earned her B.S. in Business Administration at Stanislaus State. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Business Administration with elective coursework in Educational Counseling. Juliana has focused her studies and research on Academic Advising in Higher Education and is certified in advising students on academic probation, targeted advising model, academic and career advising for undecided, exploring, and major-changing students as well as the role of academic advising in student retention.
Juliana is excited about working with an amazing team at Housing and Residential Life but, most importantly, she is looking forward to getting to know her students and working with them to achieve their goals while at Stanislaus State and beyond.
Juliana is a former international student from Brazil, born and raised in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She moved to the United States at 19 to pursue her bachelor's degree at Stanislaus State. During her time as a student, she was a Housing resident and student assistant. Upon graduating, Juliana started working in the Stan State Financial Aid and Scholarship Office where she passed the National Certification Exam in Satisfactory Academic Progress, by NASFAA. Her background and knowledge in Financial Aid contributes to the holistic success of the students on campus. With the support and partnership with the University, Juliana has continuously provided services to students for over six years. She is currently the Academic Success Advisor for Residential Education at Housing and Residential Life, and she is excited to welcome you to Housing and Residential Life.
Juliana and her partner, Julian Eylia, met while working at Stanislaus State. Together, Julian and Juliana contribute to the overall success of the students and the University. They currently live in Turlock with their two dogs Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. They enjoy traveling, cooking and family time. They welcome you and they are happy to assist you in your academic success!
I Can Help You...
- Navigate through academic and financial difficulties
- Switch majors, add a concentration or a minor
- Check your classes or adjust your schedule
- Understand the programs available at Stanislaus State
- Develop strategies and identify resources that will enable you to stay on track to graduation
- Understand your catalog, program requirements, cumulative GPA, and University policies.
- Answer questions about Financial Aid and eligibility requirements
- Assist with holds or to-do list items on your Stan State Portal
- Plan a 4-year roadmap or create an academic plan for your major
- Provide a verification of enrollment, support letter, or recommendation
- Address Academic Probation or concerns about your academic standing
- Answer questions about appeals and University's forms
- Search for job opportunities
- Create a resume and cover letter, as well as general career advisement
- Establish a career development plan and connect you with internship, volunteer, research, leadership, and career opportunities
- If you need someone to talk to about personal issues that impact academic progress.
Book an appointment with Juliana today!
Student Mentor Teams
Housing has an amazing team of student mentors to serve our resident population. Residential Education, in particular, oversees the Peer Academic Coaches and a brand new graduate student team: the Student Success Interns.
Peer Academic Coaches
Peer Academic Coaches, also known as PACs, are upper division students who coach residents as they navigate the transition to college, their online or in-person coursework, and work toward career readiness. PACs also host Study Nights every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as other programs and workshops throughout the semester.
Each resident will have an assigned PAL to mentor and support them. They can help with time management skills, study skills, learning the various online platforms (Blackboard, Canvas, Outlook, student portal, online library database), setting up appointments with campus resources, and much more.
As residents go through the academic year, PALs will be there to motivate residents to achieve their academic and future career endeavors.
Student Success Interns
Student Success Interns are graduate students who are able to provide residents with a higher level of academic support. They will provide holistic academic wellness, personal development and career readiness strategies and support to the residential community.
The Student Success Interns will staff the Academic Support Hub and be available for drop-in student success support services during those hours.