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CHANCE moves into Campus Life Building as part of efforts to centralize student services

February 5, 2020

The CHANCE program will continue to provide students a home away from home, just from a different spot.

The Campus Life Building now houses many offices that provide services to students, including the CHANCE program.

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure students have easy access to services, the more than 50-year-old program has moved from Williston Hall into Campus Life Building 240.

“Williston has been the CHANCE home for a long time,” said Tracy Ash, interim co-director of the CHANCE program. “Of course people are going to miss their campus home, but coming here is an excellent opportunity.

“There are so many student services in this one building. It’s a good way for CHANCE staff and students to create a new space for CHANCE, keeping what CHANCE is known for, the services and the support and the family CHANCE gives students away from home.”

Providing academic, social, financial and organizational guidance to students through a unique campus-wide support system, the CHANCE program is the latest student service-centered program to make the move to the Campus Life Building. The reorganization aims to create a central spot for students to access resources.

It 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 available to them.

Many of the services offered by the Office of the Dean of Students are now located in the newly formed Center for Student Assistance on the first floor of the Campus Life Building. Other programs already moved or soon to be moved into the building include the Disability Resource Center, Undocumented Student Support and Orientation and First-Year Programs (expected to move this summer).

As part of the reorganization, Military and Post-Traditional Services became the two distinct, functional areas of Commuter and Off-Campus Programs and Military and Veteran Services. Each of those two offices have lounge spaces available on the first floor of the Campus Life Building to provide computer access, free coffee and more.

CHANCE has its own student lounge space, and students can use any of the lounge areas in the Campus Life Building.

The updated space offers convenience to students who use more than one of the services now located in the Campus Life Building, said Lisa King, interim co-director of the CHANCE program. She’d already heard firsthand from a CHANCE student, who also uses Military and Veteran Services, about the benefits of the new location.

“Everything is right here,” he told her.