Being there for the student: Discussion of campus business hours opens latest...

Being there for the student: Discussion of campus business hours opens latest Roundtable

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Hours to keep services open longer for students was just the tip of the iceberg discussed at the President’s Roundtable last Wednesday.
The agenda was for the most part orderly, but quick to change course.
Many issues were brought up before time came for the open forum.
Issues brought up included extending hours for the Student Union, the library, the Rec Center, and the bookstore, but also ranged to the quality of tutors available at the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), coin machines for dorms, having a Redbox on campus, parking ticket fees, the Blue and Gold Express, advising, the efficacy of peer mentoring, the addition of more courses, new majors, implementation of a print limit, and future changes to the campus.
“It’s all about the students. We’re here for you. It’s all about the partnership between us and you,” said President Steven Tallant.
The first item on the agenda was hours. The problem with keeping businesses open longer is that they lose profit, said Kirsten Compary, Dean of Students.
“It’s all about finding that right balance that works for students and the businesses. We’re looking at some ideas and we’ll be reviewing it over the summer,” Compary said.
But the president did approve of a plan to keep the computer lab open longer at the library, by moving the lab to the first floor, said Rex Gandy, Provost.
Student Kelly Kerr brought up the LAC. “I feel that I don’t get my right tutoring; that they’re not able to help me. I shouldn’t have to explain to them how to do the problem in order for them to help me,” Kerr said.
Plans to make signs on campus for the B&G Express, reduce the strictness of officers handing out parking tickets, coordinate scheduling of courses better, and implementation of a print limit are in the works, Tallant said.
“Still, the coordination of courses could be better, since Engineering majors are required to get an internship that often makes taking certain courses difficult,” said student Jessica Ditch.
“I think there needs to be more collaboration between the university and the industry.” said Ditch, “And so, the university needs to be flexible enough to meet the ends of the industry,”
The efficiency of the peer mentoring center was the next highly discussed issue. Students complained it wasn’t working, and that it was a waste of time and resources.
The administration explained it was one of the ways they wanted to combat Kingsville’s rather low retention rate.
“I know it’s been very successful because we kept 90 percent of the students that went to peer mentoring.” said Tallant, “Another thing is that it’s not very expensive; it’s state-funded,”
Future changes are in the works, including but not limited to the installation of a Redbox-like service, a new dorm for Greek life, new turf for the football stadium, and the addition of a veterinary technician major and gas engineering major.
“I want to offer you a variety of lifestyles where you can experience growth and change,” said Tallant.
The estimated attendance was 15 to 20 students.
“I still would like more students. It’s what I’d call average,” admitted Tallant, “I was happy with the concerns brought up, but we still need more students.”