Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded grant program of the Department of Education designed to promote student academic success. This is accomplished by offering a number of academic and personal support services to students who fit federal low-income eligibility guidelines, who are first-generation college students or who have documented disabilities, to stay in school and graduate. 

The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The Student Support Services program may also provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

Direct Financial Assistance (Grant Aid)
Each year for Spring Semester, students who are participating in the SSS program will be able to apply for grant aid. Students must be receiving a federal Pell Grant, be an active participant in the SSS program, and meet certain academic criteria to apply for these awards. Awards will first be made to students who are freshman and sophomores as required by federal law.

STAFF

 

DR. KYLE IRELAND
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
479-524-7400
KIRELAND@JBU.EDU

Dr. Kyle Ireland received a B.A. in Mathematics and a M.A. in Teaching from Olivet Nazarene University and his Doctorate of Education (Educational Leadership) from Liberty University. Ireland has taught mathematics, trained faculty advisers on placement criteria, directed university seminar programs and worked closely with registrars to ensure placement guidelines are met. He loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters, joining them in playing softball, jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes and scooters and exploring new hiking trails.

 

MS. DEBORAH RAIEES-DANA, M.A.
MATH SPECIALIST/TUTOR COORDINATOR
479-524-7217
DRAIEES-DANA@JBU.EDU

Deborah Raiees-Dana graduated from JBU with a degree in secondary mathematics education. She received her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas with a focus on geographic information systems and accessibility issues for persons with disabilities. Raises-Dana has several years of tutoring experience with SSS at JBU and at Ozarka College In Melbourne, Arkansas. She also works as the General Academic Adviser with Undeclared Majors. Her most rewarding career has been that of a mother.

 

MS. LISA HACKER, M.A.
READING/WRITING AND ADVISING SERVICES COORDINATOR
479-524-7409
LHACKER@JBU.EDU

Lisa Hacker received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing at Regent University, and a Master of Arts in Literature, Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Houston Clear-Lake (UHCL). She and her husband, David, have three children and two grandchildren. They recently moved to this area from Texas, where Lisa was the coordinator of a community college writing center. Lisa is an adjunct writing professor at both Regent University and UHCL, and when she is not working or teaching she enjoys writing, cooking, and traveling. 

 

MR. MATT GWARTNEY, B.S.
ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
479-524-7401
MGWARTNEY@JBU.EDU

Matt Gwartney graduated from JBU with a B.S. in Family and Human Services and a minor a philosophy. During his time as a student he was a leader in JBU’s Audio, Video, and Lighting Technologies department, an active member of Theta Alpha Kappa religious studies honor society, and a member of the Honors Scholars Program. Following his time at JBU, Gwartney attended graduate school at The Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Gwartney loves to read and is an amateur woodworker in his free time.

 

MS. CHERYL FOXWORTHY
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
479-524-7471
CFOXWORTHY@JBU.EDU

Cheryl Foxworthy has worked as the Administrative Assistant off and on since the program was started in 2005. She loves her family – "great husband, beautiful daughter and wonderful son-in-law." She lives in Pea Ridge where her husband pastors the Nazarene church. They are blessed with a great church family.