New Student Resource Office opens in Columbine Hall
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 02:08
As UCCS welcomes its largest incoming freshman class on record, many students may feel aimless or overwhelmed with so many majors available. The new Student Resource Office is equipped and ready to help them.
The Student Resource Office, or SRO, which opened this past July on thethird floor of Columbine, will be a hub and first point of contact for students considering a degree in the College of Education.
The SRO aids students by centralizing instructors and staff members in the College of Education who will give insight and direction for students.
Mary Snyder, dean of the College of Education, explained that the center is a “one-stop shopping option for students who need information about the College of Education.”
The SRO was formed due to a discouraging trend presented by students who sought education guidance. “A year ago, a student would sometimes have to walk past 19 closed doors before they found a face,” said Snyder.
Contrary to the generalized functions of the Student Success Center or the academic refinement of the ACE (formerly EXCEL) centers, the SRO is uniquely structured around the College of Education and connecting students with faculty.
Hettie Myers, student support staff at the SRO, jokingly said, “We're kind of like the traffic cops for the College of Education.”
Instead of stumbling through dim hallways lined with offices, students can easily locate the SRO through the first door on the left when entering the department next to the main stairwell in Columbine.
Students can do either a walk-in session or an appointment-based meeting with a faculty member at the SRO. Snyder also mentioned, “If a student needs an unofficial transcript, they can go to that office and get assistance with that.”
“There's always someone here that is willing to listen and help point you in the right direction,” Myers said. “[We'll] take time to listen to your questions and answer your questions.”
The SRO currently serves as a hub for student and teacher placement and looks forward to the future. Snyder said that, “eventually [the SRO] will take on the flavor of being an outreach and placement center for the college.”
Those considering a career as a K-12 teacher or counselor, or just working in the College of Higher Education, may stop by the SRO for advice.