Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
August 27, 2007
Albany - - Albany State University wants to ease the transition from high school to college. This year, the university is implementing "learning communities." The program links freshmen who plan to study the same major and encourages them to study, and in some cases, live together.
It's Tomeka Smith's first year in college. Two weeks into this new phase in her life, the coursework almost did her in.
"I was to the point where I just wanted to give up."
But her classmates wouldn't let her. "I replied back 'no don't do that. There's no use in you doing that if I can help you.' I said 'come pick me up right now'," says fellow freshman Jayvious Gilbert.
They're part of Albany State University's Learning Community. First year students in the program are matched with other first year students to take classes, study, and participate in student activities.
"It does ease the transition. It gives them someone else to work with and they get more familiar," says Counselor Janet Cook.
Aside from regular class, instructors hold workshops to give the students one on one feedback and allow for question and answer sessions. Some of the students are even matched to be roommates.
"We stayed up until 3:30 this morning studying. It was like a slumber party," Smith says.
The students say they depend on each other.
"It gives us that sense that we have a family and they're always helping us," Gilbert added.
This is the first year ASU has offered the learning communities in years. Instructors say they brought it back to help students succeed and increase the graduation rate.