Success Center aids students in career development plans

Oct.30, 2008 by Dustin Edwards NMSU Round Up

With fall semester coming to a close and spring registration creeping closer, students can seek new opportunities and services at the Student Success Center.

The Student Success Center-Zuhl, located on the second floor of Zuhl Library, opened its doors to students on Aug. 1, 2008 with new services for NMSU students. The Student Success Center offers students free tutoring and cross-campus advising.

Cross-campus advising is a new program implemented at the Student Success Center that aims to provide students with a streamlined process intended to facilitate the academic and career goals for all students.

“It’s one person on campus that anyone from any college can go to,” Terry Cook, Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement said.

A professional academic advisor is on-hand during normal office hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Wednesday advising available until 8 p.m.

The center at Zuhl Library offers all students free tutoring Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in a wide array of subjects.

“The tutoring and Wednesday advising hours are established to accommodate the schedules of students,” Tony Marin, the Director of the Student Success Center-Hardman said.

The Student Success Center-Hardman, located on the second floor of Harman Hall, has been open for more than 30 years, but Marin said the Student Success Center-Hardman has a new look and outstanding PCs, thanks to ICT.

Marin said the Hardman Hall location partnered with ICT to provide an additional computer lab location for students.

The Student Success Center-Hardman offers students learning skill credit courses, professional test preparation, walk-in academic assistance and an ICT computer lab.

“We really want all students to know that these services exist so that no one slips through the cracks,” Judy Harmon, Cross-Campus Advisor said.

Cook said both Hardman Hall and Zuhl Library “maximized resources” and collaborated with other departments in the university to be “more accessible” for students.

Marin welcomed both graduate and undergraduate students and said there are “many opportunities to improve [students’] learning strategies.”

Both centers are run by the Division of Student Success and are facilitated by professional staff members and undergraduate and graduate students.

The Student Success Centers are set to hold an open house Thursday Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the theme “Footsteps to Success.”

“The open house is a way of introducing and reintroducing the services [we offer] to the campus community,” explained Marin.

The open house will be held at both the Hardman Hall and Zuhl Library locations. Career counselor Eileen Winfrey of the Career Exploration Center will be on-site to answer questions concerning career choices. Students can enter to win prizes if they attend both locations on Nov 6.

For more information call the Student Success Center-Zuhl at 646-6050 or Student Success Center-Hardman at 646-3136 or visit http://cas.nmsu.edu/.


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