Holman Success Center

G04 Halle Library
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
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Office Hours

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Success Coaching

HSC is offering in-person and virtual Success Coaching appointments. 

Holman success coaches are professional, full-time staff and graduate assistants who:

  • Are personal trainers for college
  • Have experience meeting with students
  • Assist you in creating a personalized academic plan, including setting short- and long-term goals
  • Can help you learn to arrange and prioritize your academic life
  • Can connect you to other services when needed
  • Can demonstrate 'how-to-study' techniques
  • Offer one-on-one skill-building workshops 

Why You Should Meet with a Success Coach

Meeting with a success coach is an excellent way to get you on track academically and personalize your education. We assist students in navigating the University system, as well as assisting in tracking progress toward both academic and personal goals. If you need a hand in developing a plan of action to tackle academic challenges and attain personal achievement, we are here to help!

Student Testimonial

My experience with the Holman Success Center has been unmatched in its utility and profundity. When I met with my success coach, Alexandra Kubiak, I was almost down and out entirely. However, we discussed the basic building blocks for creating a strong semester. Things like organization, time management, and attendance were some of the weaker aspects of my college career. These life skills are transferable directly to my day to day, and my future career goals. Once Alex and I figured out what I was lacking, and why, we began to develop a tailored solution for me. This took into account my job, my current grades, my overall GPA, my post-grad goals, and even my personality and inability to focus. Through consistent meetings, goal setting, application of said goals, and persistent work, I managed to complete a total of 5 classes with 4 A’s and a B+. I am proud of myself and of the work I put in. I am also grateful for having Alex as my mentor and success coach. Honestly, this past year has been life changing, eye opening, and most certainly educational all thanks to the brilliance of Alex.

- EMU Student, Winter 2020

How to Connect

Log in to Starfish inside my.emich.edu and check your Connections. Don't see a Success Coach listed? Contact us! We can recommend someone great to work with you on your continued success.

Now taking new students!

  • Dion Temple, Graduate Assistant and Success Coach

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    Dion Temple graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science degree in communication with a minor of leadership and sociology. He is currently enrolled in the Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) program here at Eastern Michigan University to pursue his Masters of Arts degree. Dion has worked for the Holman Success Center as a Peer Academic Coach, with TRIO SSS as a Peer Mentor, and as a Program Assistant for the Honors College here at Eastern Michigan University. He has a passion for helping students succeed in and out the classroom and making the most out of their college experience.

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  • Fatin Jafri, Graduate Assistant and Success Coach

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    Fatin graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s in psychology and now she is at Eastern Michigan University pursuing her master’s in clinical behavioral psychology. Fatin is excited to be a part of the Eastern community and to help students achieve their academic and professional goals as they progress through their education! She is interested in helping students deal with challenges and favors balancing workload with time to relax and enjoy. She is also passionate about mental health research and advocates for inclusion of the social and behavioral dimension of an individual in mental health. Fatin is a behavior technician who conducts ABA therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum and also works at the B.L.O.C.K., a youth and teen center, where she connects with youth and plans/participates in enriching activities with them.

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  • Aly Wojtylko, Graduate Assistant and Success Coach

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    Aly is a Success Coach for the Holman Success Center. In 2021, she received her bachelor's degree in Children and Families from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently working towards her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Before becoming a Success Coach, she worked as a Peer Academic Coach for the Holman Success Center, where she would meet with students and work with them on finding ways to be successful in their undergrad experience. Her overall goal as a Success Coach is to ensure that students are creating and reaching achievable goals. 

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  • Alex Kubiak, Success Coach

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    Alex couldn't get enough of EMU during her undergrad, so she decided to come back to continue her studies. Her BA is in German language and Literature with a minor in English linguistics, and she is currently pursuing her MA in TESOL. Alex loves working with EMU students and believes that she can strongly influence them to not only succeed academically, but to succeed in all aspects of life. She says that, "With every student comes a special story and a unique experience. I believe that it is through self discovery that we find how to empower and motivate ourselves. Throughout my own journey, I have acquired some useful tools that have taken me far, and I look forward to sharing these tools with my students. I believe that by encouraging students to take such an introspective outlook, these tools can assist them in achieving their own understanding of success."

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  • Kim Jones, Success Coach

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    Kimberly Jones has earned her master's in educational leadership: higher education student affairs (HESA), a graduate certificate in higher education: academic advising, a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a bachelor's in literature; all from Eastern Michigan University. Kim has spent over 10 years working with the EMU Alumni Association and has spent the past two years as the Eastern Michigan University Black Alumni Association (EMUBA) president. Kim is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals in life while maintaining a fun and engaged work-life balance. In her spare time, Kim is a devoted mother to her children and works on the board of her high school alumni association.

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  • Scott Kardel, Success Coach

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    Scott Kardel earned his master's degree in Social Work here at EMU in April of 2022 as well as his bachelor's degree in social work from EMU back in 2017. Scott spent two years as a success coach while completing his master's degree and now has returned as a full time success coach here at the Holman Success Center. Scott is passionate about student success and is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals academically and professionally while also making the most of their college experience personally. In his free time, Scott loves to explore, travel, and spend time with friends and family. If you are new to the area, ask Scott for his coffee picks!!

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