The decision to move the Student Retention offices to the former Alumni House has caused a “domino effect” of relocation offices on campus.
Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association recently moved from the Alumni House to a suite on the third floor of the J.C. Kellam building. Despite its name, “the house never belonged to the Alumni Association,” according to Angie Martinez, administrative assistant for the Alumni Association.
Retention Management and Planning staff recently moved from the Vice President for Student Affairs suite in the J.C. Kellam Administration Building. The staff moved to the Alumni House Jan. 6 and is still working on setting up the office, according to Jennifer Beck, director of Retention Management and Planning. Administrators will ask the Board of Regents to officially change the name of the building to the Center for Student Retention in February.
According to Beck, the retention staff increased the amount of services the office provides for students, including the addition of a new unit called Parent and Family Relations. Adding these services prompted the need for more space.
“We filled every nook and cranny in the suite,” Beck said.
Beck said the retention staff move has been planned for two years. She said the interior of the Center for Student Retention is complete, and the exterior will begin the remodeling in a few weeks.
In addition to the need for more space, Beck said some students felt uncomfortable visiting the suite in J.C. Kellam for services. She said the new location will make it easier for both students and parents, who can park in the Edward Gary Street Garage next to the building. The new location has a lounge area for students, as well as a multi-purpose room for working with students.
“Our goal is to make a place where students can drop in,” Beck said. “We want to help students become more successful.”
The Student Affairs Technology staff will use the space vacated by the Student Retention staff in the Vice President for Student Affairs suite, Beck said. The Student Affairs Technology staff is transitioning from its current location on the fifth floor of the LBJ Student Center. Greek Affairs will be taking over that suite by the beginning of March.
Greek Affairs, which is now under the direction of the Dean of Students Office, is currently located in a suite on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center. According to Robert Dudolski, assistant dean of students, the Greek Affairs suite is normally used by the undergraduate student leaders of the Greek governing councils, but the Greek Affairs staff is using the space until the Student Affairs Technology staff finishes moving.
“The students agreed to share office space this fall so that our staff could have a space to work from in the interim while we wait for our new space to be made available,” Dudolski said. “Once we move into the suite currently occupied by the Student Affairs Technology staff, just down the hall, then the students will move back into their original office spaces.”
Dudolski said the space will benefit students by allowing them to “receive advising, resources and programming opportunities” from the Dean of Students Office.