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Tips, Tools and Takes on Academics

(sponsored by the Office of Academic Engagement)

September 7, 2021

Meet the Hosts (Fall 2021)

Part two of the start of season three of the podcast features hosts Dr. Mebane and Mr. Watkins. For new listeners, they talk about their background and interests and share tips for starting the semester, with a focus on seniors and first time freshmen.

Top Tips?

If you plan to graduate this academic year, start networking, looking for and applying to jobs. If you are new to NSU or not graduating, stay focused! 

Dr Mebane and Mr Watkins

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Mr. Watkins. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

August 31, 2021

Welcome and Welcome Back (Fall 2021)

In this episode, Dr. Mebane and Dr. Neal open the semester with introductions (for new listeners) and tips and tools for starting the semester.

Top tip?

Adapt and adjust. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the only situation that might affect your college career. With support from offices across campus, students can learn how to be resilient and be the solution to success for others.

Welcome or welcome back, and good luck!


Dr Mebane and Dr Neal

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Dr. Neal. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

March 30, 2021

Focus on African American Men and Empowerment

In this episode, Dr. Quincy Dinnerson and Maleik Watkins (NSU junior and podcast co-host) have a candid conversation about challenges African American men face when pursuing higher education and how they can overcome them. Dr. Dinnerson is a professor at the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at NSU whose research and practice focuses on African American men and their experiences. Dr. Dinnerson and Mr. Watkins are joined by Dr. Mebane (Executive Producer and co-host).


S2 E36 AA Male Empowerment

(photo credit: Dr. Mebane; L to R: Dr. Dinnerson, Mr. Watkins and Dr. Mebane)

February 16, 2021

There’s a New Host in Town: Meet Maleik

I am SO excited to introduce the podcast's newest host...Maleik Watkins! Mr. Watkins is a junior, political science major who is on his way to achieving the highest level of goals. Listen to this episode to meet the newest student co-host of the Next Up. Student Success! podcast.

Stay tuned for new episodes now posted on #TipsTuesdays. 

February 9, 2021

Make it Happen (in Academics) with SGA

Meet Mr. Jeremiah O'Bryant, the president of NSU's Student Government Association for 2020-21. In this episode, Mr. O'Bryant showcases his SGA team and some of what they plan to do in Spring 2021 to support students. He also reminds students to take time to plan and not procrastinate and encourages seniors to celebrate and appreciate their accomplishments. Stay tuned for new episodes now posted on #TipsTuesdays. 

February 2, 2021

Welcome and Welcome Back – Spring 2021

Welcome (new students), and welcome back (everyone else)! In this episode, Ms. Sheryll Heard - Executive Director (I), Student Success Center - reminds listeners of tips for starting a new semester online and the variety of resources (tools) offered by the Office of Academic Engagements for freshmen and sophomores (especially).  Stay tuned for new episodes now posted on #TipsTuesdays.  

November 22, 2020

Senior Shout Out and Wrap Up

Congratulations to all seniors graduating from Norfolk State University in 2020, including December graduate Ms. Tresstin White! In this episode, Ms. White shares her take on lessons learned from her NSU experience and special connections with faculty and staff. Dr. Mebane spotlights Ms. White's amazing contributions to the Next Up. Student Success! podcast and thanks Ms. White for collaborating to launch this new project. Stay tuned for the podcast's next episode in January 2021. 

September 27, 2020

Bonus: Why Your Vote Matters!

With all that’s going on in the world, we wanted to highlight the importance of voting and making a change. Our special guest is Dr. Khadijah Miller, a professor of interdisciplinary studies and a senior faculty fellow for the Honors College. This episode identifies why you should vote  and the impact it has on the world. 

July 5, 2020

Next Up. Season Two!

Season two starts with a two part episode focused on the best of season one and ideas and plans for season two. This season we promise to build on our success and try new approaches. For example, our very first segment of the new academic year features two students: Tresstin White, a podcast producer and host, and Mikyah Henderson, a senior English major. In the second segment, Dr. Mebane continues her conversation with Dr. Andrea Neal, Associate Vice Provost for the Office of Academic Engagement. 

June 28, 2020

Season One Wrap Up

The first season of Next Up. Student Success! encompassed many topics, discussions and guests. We officially launched on March 23, 2020 and hit the ground running ever since. In this episode, each of the three current producers reflects on their experience from Season One.

Today (June 28, 2020) we will talk about our favorite episodes from Season One. Let us know about yours! 

There are a lot of thank you for faculty and staff participants! And, thank you to all of our listeners! One of the most popular episodes from our first season was on finals preparation. We look forward to a new season with a continued focus on practical tips for each phase of each semester. 

Season Two starts on July 5, 2020.