Academic Advising finds new home at Watson Library

Over the past few years, Watson Library has become home to Café Demon, the Testing Center and the Academic Success Center—and now the Academic Advising Center is getting in on the fun.

The Academic Advising Center serves primarily general studies and nursing majors. Steve Hicks, Director of Academic Advising, says that they advise about 1,000 students during the normal academic year.

The center is additionally charged with teaching University Studies to freshmen. According to Ashley Frost, Graduate Assistant for the Academic Advising Center, these classes are crucial and help “get [the freshmen] the information that they need [for] basically the rest of their college time.”

The center was initially located in Kyser Hall for 15 years, but was relocated temporarily for three years to the Family and Consumer Science Building. During this time, the center saw a slight decrease in seeing students for face-to-face advising.

The center was also faced with the challenge of advising students with no computer lab to truly call their own. Since the relocation, the office has become equipped with a computer kiosk.

According to Hicks, students “can come and take care of their adding and dropping while they are here.” That way, no student slips through the cracks. “We can be here to help with any trouble.”

The Academic Advising Center is located in room 112 of Watson Library. It is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.