Aug 122010
 
Authors: Abel Oshevire

CSU students and officials agree that the Institute for Learning and Teaching, or TILT Building, is one of the most underutilized resources on campus.

It offers advising for undeclared students, orientation and transitions programs and specialty services for first-year students. Free tutoring is also available Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. for natural sciences and some liberal arts (students), according to Jody Donovan, interim dean of students.

Sam Haley, a sophomore geology major, said TILT is an excellent resource for students on campus and has used some of the services provided by TILT in the past to great effect.

Donovan said the Lory Student Center may not be underutilized as a building, but the offices it houses, which could assist in making life on campus easier for new and current students, are sometimes overlooked.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, the Black/African American Cultural Center and El Centro are some diversity offices available in the LSC.

The Career Center, she said, helps provide students –– freshmen through seniors –– with internship opportunities, as well as career advising. The center is another area of the LSC that students often forget about but can be of great service to those looking to enter the work force before graduation.

Another office to note is the Adult Learners and Veteran Services, which caters to individuals returning to school and those who served in the U.S. military.

As of last spring, ALVS serves 6,692 adult learners and veteran students.

Donovan also advised that, when needed, students should not hesitate to make use of the cheap and affordable services offered by the CSU Health Network.

“Students can have five counseling sessions each semester at no cost. Then after that, counseling is available at a very low price,” she said. Students can charge any visit to the Health Network to their student account.

The university has programs set up for students who come to school with different dietary needs, said Director of Housing and Dining Services Tonie Miyamoto.

Miyamoto said there is a dining services nutritionist available to help students with dietary needs. Nutrition kiosks are also available in each dining center where students can check calories in food ingredients.

RamWich is a web service that was introduced this spring that allows on-the-go students to order a sandwich online and pick it up at Braiden Hall at their designated time.

Ram Connections, Miyamoto said, is a free program on campus that helps first year students’ transition through college with the help of staff and upper-class mentors.

“I have noticed that students who use Ram Connections tend to adjust to life in college quite easily,” she said.

Other resources available to students on campus include:
• Laptop check-out at the Morgan Library (can only be used when in the library),
• Safewalk from the CSU Police Department, and
• Student Legal Services (available to help students with varying legal issues).

Staff writer Abel Oshevire can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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