Student Resources Consolidated for Greater Accessibility

Students gather around picnic tables and walk across the quad, where the Stockwell Library can be viewed. The Stockwell Library is now home to many Albion College resources including the Cutler Center (Photo by Aura Ware).

Over the last year, Albion College has moved student resources to more accessible and inviting locations on campus. The goal of these changes is to create a more student-centered campus, ensuring resources are easy to navigate.

According to Susie Pentelow, executive director of communications and marketing, multiple changes have been made regarding student resources. Examples include consolidating student success resources into the Cutler Center for Student Success and Academic Achievement in the Stockwell Library, consolidating Campus Programs and Organizations and Intercultural Affairs into the Office of Campus Life and moving the Office of Community Living to the Kellogg Center along with Campus Life.

Since the pandemic, the College has noticed a lack of room to nurture students’ overall health. Thus, the College has made it its top priority to fix the atmosphere in favor of supporting students.

“The new Office of Integrated Wellness has been created to house physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual and environmental health resources, with leadership from staff previously in counseling services, athletics and student health services,” said Pentelow via email.

The adjustments to campus life were a multifaceted effort.

“These changes were spearheaded by division heads in collaboration with the students, faculty and staff directly involved in this work,” said Pentelow via email. “In most cases, task forces or committees composed of students, faculty and staff were formed to oversee these changes, such as the Student Wellness Taskforce.”

Albion College students can look out for various outlets of communication that give more information about these resource adjustments on campus. The changes can be found on social media, in the campus-wide emails, on the Albion College website and in the news.

Another prominent shift in campus resources includes changes in names. These name adjustments for campus resources were also an intentional act.

“Name changes have been made in order to create a more intuitive and inclusive naming structure, ” said Pentelow via email. “For instance, our Office of Community Living team [formerly known as Residential Living], which includes many student employees, does much more than just overseeing residence halls: they create a community here on campus from the day students arrive.”

These changes have enabled the College to collaborate more closely.

“The names and structures of offices now more accurately reflect the common purpose we share in being here: to support students,” said Pentelow via email. “Our hope is that in making these changes, campus resources will be more accessible and intuitive for students, and they will feel more connected to–and welcomed on–campus.”

List of Resource Changes and Creations

  • Residential Life is now the Office of Community Living, located in the Kellogg Center
  • Campus Programs and Organizations and Intercultural Affairs have been combined to form the Office of Campus Life, located in the Kellogg Center
  • The new Office of Integrated Wellness includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, intellectual and environmental health resources on campus.
About Aura Ware 44 Articles
Aura is a senior from Memphis, Tenn. She is a double major in Psychology and English. She is a passionate Features Editor, who isn't afraid to take on uncomfortable topics if it means cultivating meaningful conversation.

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