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Students gain central spot for services with Campus Life Building reorganization

January 29, 2020

Many of the student-centered programs and services provided by the Office of the Dean of Students soon will call the Campus Life Building home.

A recent reorganizing of offices reflects an effort to centralize programs and enhance the student experience at NIU by providing easy access to services.

The Campus Life Building is now a central spot for student support services,

Among the offices to be housed in the newly formed Center for Student Assistance in Suite 150 of the Campus Life Building will be Commuter and Off-Campus Programs, Military and Veteran Services and Students’ Legal Assistance.

The center will provide a sort of one-stop shop for student services and resources that assist with student conflicts, food and housing insecurity issues, advocacy and victim services, landlord and tenant concerns, financial wellness and pregnancy accommodations. The center also will be a point of contact for students wanting to connect with the Association of Campus Religious Organizations.

Students now will have easy access to support, Dean of Students Kelly Wesener Michael said, while staff will have a shared space to collaborate on services that help students.  

“The Center for Student Assistance is a centralized location for students to go when they aren’t sure who can help them address their concerns or navigate university systems,” she said.

“Staff in the center will support students who may have complex needs and be able to provide support and referral when necessary.”

The reorganization aligns with the university’s Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, as well as President Lisa Freeman’s goals to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for students to connect with the many resources and services available to them.

As part of the reorganization, Military and Post-Traditional Services will be envisioned as two, distinct functional areas: Commuter and Off-Campus Programs and Military and Veteran Services. The change will better serve military students and those who live off-campus, commute, have children or learn online.

Each of those two offices will have lounge spaces available in the Campus Life Building to provide computer access, free coffee and more.

“In the Campus Life Building, Military and Veterans Services has created a tremendous space for our military students and their families to study, relax and create community. In communication with the NIU Student Veterans Advisory Board, we have been able to craft a welcoming space to serve those that have served our country,” said Jeffrey Salmon, associate director for Military and Post-Traditional Student Services.

“Commuter and Off-Campus Programs will continue providing lounge space and access to student-centered staff in CLB that are focused on meeting the specific needs of members of the Huskie Family who are adult students, commuters and live off-campus.”