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Megan Wikel, who works for Project Success as a university services associate at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has been named the recipient of the September 2021 STAR Award.

She was nominated by Jayme Reichenberger, director; and Lacey Beaman, assistant director of Project Success:

“Megan Wikel began working for Project Success in September 2019. In her role as program assistant, she consistently goes above and beyond her job responsibilities in many ways. We would like to highlight a few areas where her support further enhanced our students’ experiences at UW Oshkosh.

“Going above and beyond her role as university services associate this past summer, Megan provided one-on-one organizational tutoring support to new entry students attending the Project Success Summer Transition Program. While providing support, Megan scheduled weekly meetings with students to cover topics related to self-advocacy, disability disclosure, time management and study strategies. While working with students, Megan provided comprehensive academic support while also discussing needs related to social and emotional support. The support provided by Megan further enhanced the experience of many students new to UW Oshkosh and engendered excitement for the start of the fall 2020 semester.

“While Megan took on a significant role as organizational tutor, she also planned, organized and implemented group OT sessions and art review sessions for the Summer Transition Program. For the group OT sessions, Megan created interactive activities related to campus involvement and familiarity, organization and planning, time management, establishing priorities, and developing study strategies. Megan also created and implemented interactive games and informational PowerPoints during the art review sessions where students were able to review for their upcoming Art 105 exam. While Megan took on a strong lead through these roles, she also assisted with providing support during writing assistance and study hall sessions. During the writing assistance and study hall sessions, Megan provided students with support in editing their written work and answering questions related to assigned coursework.

“In a time where many students are unsure of what is to come, Megan has shown compassion, dedication, and an unending amount of effort to portray the mission and values of UWO. The exceptional support that Megan provides to faculty, staff and students through her work in Project Success makes her a strong nominee for this award.”