Skip to main content


Thinking and Learning Opportunities for New Student-Athletes

TALONS is required seminar for all incoming student-athletes in their first semester. The weekly TALONS workshops help incoming student-athletes understand and cope with academic, social, athletic, and personal pressures related to the transition to AU. TALONS provides new student-athletes with practical strategies and information to adjust to college, academics, and athletics.

Topics covered over the course of the semester include: 

  • Branding Yourself
  • Setting Expectations
  • SMART Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Academic Integrity
  • How to Make Effective Study Materials
  • Effective Reading Techniques
  • Stress Management
  • Finding Motivation
  • Relaxation Tips
  • Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Alcohol & Other Drug Education
  • Professional Communication
  • Career Development Basics
  • Leadership Development
  • Money Management
  • Course Registration
  • Creating a Graduation Plan
  • Preparing for Finals

Incoming freshman student-athletes will be contacted by the Nest during the freshman registration period to sign up for a TALONS section. Please contact The Nest at with questions.

For More Information:

For More Information:

Student-Athlete Support Program
Bender Arena, Room 206
Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00 pm

Maureen Breslin
Assistant Director, ASAC

Ashley Rozendaal
Academic and Life Skills Counselor for Student-Athletes

Assistant Counselor for Student-Athletes