Successposium 2019

We believe that every student at Carolina can grow, thrive and develop into lifelong learners. Success does not look the same for all of us, and there are many different pathways to thriving in college. Our journeys to graduation are enriched when we support each other. This multi-day, collaborative, cross-university symposium was created to encourage undergraduate students to take charge of our own success and to connect with resources, opportunities, and people who can help us to thrive in college. Successposium is designed and coordinated by undergraduate students and focuses on issues and needs relevant to thriving at Carolina.

Throughout the week of Successposium, university departments, offices, and student groups will host events, gatherings, and workshops where students can consider their own experiences and needs in direct and meaningful ways. We’re also hosting TED-style talks on wellness and well-being, professional growth and development in undergrad, and lift as you climb from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the Freedom Forum Room in Carrol Hall. Come for the free food, come for the swag, but mostly, come to hear the stories of other students and young alumni who grew and learned and thrived at Carolina. We think you’ll be glad you did.

We invite you to host a workshop or event for Successposium 2019! Please submit a proposal by clicking the button below.



  • Provide opportunities for students to learn more about university resources in a collaborative and supportive setting
  • Encourage students to consider elements within University’s definition of student success:

  • Exploring and growing intellectually
  • Appreciating diverse perspectives as well as developing one’s own identity
  • Developing social and emotional skills
  • Engaging in meaningful activities, roles, and relationships
  • Cultivating a sense of purpose or vocation
  • Expose students to concepts that could influence their path to thriving and graduation:
    • Resilience
    • Professional Growth
    • Growth Mindset
    • Networking
    • Health and Self-Care

Successposium 2019

Questions? Interested in hosting something during Succcessposium? Great!

For general questions, contact Ayanna Webster, Successposium Chair. For information about hosting an event, click here.

  • Advertisement Committee:
    • Viviana Gonzalez, Qiera Lesesne, Luis Amaya- Villa, Tyler McNeil
  •  Workshop Committee:
    • Luke Fayard, Sarah Stanfield, Greg Davis, Angelica Villanueva
  • Ted-Talk Committee:
    • Dexter Robinson, Aliyah Jordan, Zander Toy
  • Logistics Committee:
    • Anusha Suresh, Kayla Carlson, George Lopez



Carolina Launch: the First-Year Gala
Hosted by: First-Year Focus Council (Executive Branch of Student Government)

Great Hall, Student Union

Carolina Launch will be an opportunity for first-year students to hear from a select group of seniors, and a keynote speaker, about how to make the most out of their time at Carolina and how new students can leave their heelprint on campus.

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MONDAY JANUARY 29TH – Wellness and Resilience

Building a Relationship with a Professor

Hosted by: Dr. Kelly Hogan and Dr. Brian Hogan

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Coker Hall, Room 215

Learn tips from faculty and students on how to build meaningful faculty – student mentoring relationships.  This session will be discussion-oriented and facilitated as a conversation. 


CRSA Welcome Back

Hosted by: Campus Recreation Student Association

5:07pm – 6:00pm

Fetzer Classroom 104

CRSA is a student organization that offers student development workshops to help students prepare for future endevours. This Welcome Back event will let attendees know the topics CRSA will be covering in the spring semester, discuss topics students would like to develop, and answer questions on any professional development topics students may have.


3D Imaging with Agisoft PhotoScan


Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

A basic workshop to learn to create 3D images from a series of photographs using a regular camera and PhotoScan software.

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THEME: Wellness and Resilience

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Peabody 104

Student Speakers:

  • Micheline Amisi
  • Cesar Rodriguez
  • Laura Kathryn Smith 



Wake Up Your Mind With Mindful Yoga

Hosted by: Campus Recreation

8am – 9am

Location: TBD

Mindful movement can help increase awareness, focus and decrease stress. Join Campus Recreation for a morning yoga session and refreshments.


Improve Your Time Management 

Hosted by: The Learning Center 


Location: Undergraduate Library 124

Tired of wasting time? Want to be more efficient and productive? Come to our Time Management Workshop! Click here for a full list of spring workshops.


Battle Park Natural History Hike

Hosted by: Campus Rec Expeditions

4:00pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Battle Park / Outdoor Education Center

We’ll saunter from the Union to Battle Park and around the mysterious Gimghoul Castle.  On the way back we’ll loop through the Outdoor Education Center.  Natural history scavenger hunt throughout the journey.  Should take about 1.5 hours.


Python I
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Davis Library Research Hub

This workshop will introduce attendees to the Python programming language.  We’ll help you install Python 3 and the Anaconda distribution, execute your first lines of code, and explore the basic functionality of Python.  After this workshop, attendees should be better placed to start working on a specific project in Python, learning along the way, or work through more in-depth training.

Python is widely used by researchers in many disciplines, and can be used to accomplish or automate many tasks outside academia.  General computer skills are required, but specialized prior knowledge in computer programming is not required.

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More Arduino Projects

5:30–6:30; registration required.

Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

Learn to use more advanced components with Arduino. Note: please bring a laptop computer to the workshop, and install the latest version of the Arduino software here.

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31ST – Adulting: Personal and Professional Development

Who Are You? 

Hosted by: The Office of Student Life & Leadership

1pm – 2pm

Location: Carolina Union  2422

Students will engage in personal identity development and reflection. The workshop will increase awareness of different perspectives and offer tools for students to engage in dialogue.


Laughter Yoga

Hosted by: CAPS

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Want more laughter in your life? Come learn about and experience laughter yoga! No Yoga mat needed as your are guided through laughter exercises. Connect with others, give your abs a little workout, and get an endorphin spike to carry you through the mid-week slump.


Personal and Professional Development through Giving Back

Hosted by: Carolina For The Kids


Location: Carolina Union  2422

A presentation about what Carolina For The Kids is and how we help undergrads gain professional and leadership experience as the largest student-run nonprofit in North Carolina. Our organization brings together people of diverse backgrounds to unite for one common cause, allowing students to get experience working as part of team and towards a bigger goal. Our cause allows students to take on a myriad of roles, which aids in both personal and professional development. Many of our CFTK alumni go onto work in professions related to their work in CFTK and remain close friends with their teams who provide a network of support through the rest of their life. In a supportive nonprofit environment, students can try out different roles and find out who they are and what they like, while gaining professional experience and meeting friends that will last a lifetime.

Grant Writing Workshop
Hosted by Center for Global Initiatives  

6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Location: Undergraduate Library, Room 205

Join the Center for Global Initiatives and the UNC Writing Center for a collaborative grant writing workshop at the Undergraduate Library! Led by a Writing Center professional who has read thousands of proposals, this workshop is a crash course on the qualities that make a proposal successful. Get an insider’s view of the selection process and learn strategies for effective writing. This workshop is the third in a series of workshops held throughout the year.



THEME: Adulting: Personal and Professional Development

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Peabody 104

Student Speakers:

  • Hiren Gihwala
  • Teresa Ceballos
  • Recent Alum: Michael Dyson


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1ST – Strategic Planning for Success

Model a Low Poly Mountain Scene with Blender 

10:00am–11:30am; registration required.

Location: Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

Start creating more advanced 3D models for VR environments with Blender, a powerful, open-source 3D design program. Please bring a laptop and mouse to the workshop, and download the free Blender software (here) prior to the workshop.

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Mental Health and Wellness Skills Training Modules

Hosted by: Mental Health Ambassadors

11:00am – 12:30pm

Location: Union 3203

MHA Skills training modules are approximately 30-40 minutes each. We offer modules on Stress Management, Healthy Relationships, UNC CAPS (what is it, how to use), Conflict Management, Depression/Suicide, and more. Our mission is to support students, equip students, and connect them to resources, rather than merely raise awareness. We believe that the skills/information imparted through these lessons serve all students well, especially those who are still learning about the resources available to them. At the event, we will present a module, distribute resources from CAPS (i.e. stress balls, pamphlets, and coloring books), and facilitate a short hands-on stress management activity, such as painting or crafts.  Lunch provided!


Basic EndNote
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Health Science Library Research Hub

This Basic Endnote Class will cover the fundamental functions of the Endnote software. Build your library, managing your sources, and inserting your citations into your documents will be the focus of what we will cover. This class is structured for new to beginning users.

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Triangle Pride Resource Fair

Hosted by: UNC-CH LGBTQ Center


Great Hall, FPG Student Union

Triangle Pride Resource Fair (TPRF) is the main event of Ally Appreciation Week, a celebration of LGBTIQA+ and allied solidarity in the communities surrounding UNC-Chapel Hill. Each year, TPRF brings together vendors from over fifty Triangle-area organizations,businesses, and resources that specifically serve LGBTIQA+ and allied individuals. 

Details at

  • Vendors represent organizations and services such as: 
  • Academic Courses and Programs
  • Community Events and Involvement
  • HIV and STI testing
  • Housing
  • Legal Protection and Equal Rights
  • Medical and Mental Health Care
  • Professional Associations
  • Social Clubs
  • Social, Legal, and Medical Transition
  • Support Groups
  • Sports and Activity Groups
  • Attending TPRF
  • Free food, free STI testing, and raffle giveaways every 30 minutes! 

TPRF is one way that the LGBTQ Center connects the campus community with local resources. Vendors have been chosen based on their commitment and engagement with LGBTIQA+ communities in order to maximize the benefits of attending. Individuals earn one raffle ticket just for attending and filling out an evaluation form! 

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3D Design and Printing


Location: Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall

Interested in 3D printing but don’t know where to start? Come learn about some tools that will help you bring your ideas to the physical world, and start designing with Tinkercad. Note: please bring a laptop computer and mouse to this workshop.

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THEME: Strategic Planning for Success

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Peabody 104

Student Speakers:

  • Adam Farag
  • Madrid Danner-Smith
  • Rich Hall


Questions? Interested in hosting something during Succcessposium? Great!

For general questions, contact Reem Ahmed, Successposium Chair. For information about hosting an event, click here.



Reem Ahmed, Successposium Chair, Undergraduate Retention Intern Luke Fayard, Office of Undergraduate Retention
Aaron Epps, President, Black Student Movement and VP Class of’18 Kate Kryder, Office of Student Life & Leadership
Tania Gavino-Lopez,Undergraduate Retention Intern Gary Miller, University Career Services
Lenore Hango,Undergraduate Retention Intern Candice Powell, Office of Undergraduate Retention
Michael Alberse, Student Government Representative Sarah Stanfield, Office of Undergraduate Retention
Anusha Suresh, Undergraduate Retention Intern Omar Simpson, Office of Undergraduate Retention

Successposium is supported through a generous donation by the Summer School. The committee extends gratitude to Dr. Jan Yopp, Dean of the Summer School, for your continuous support of student success at Carolina.