Volume 47, Number 13 - March 1, 2010

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WORK-IN-A-BOX: Eduardo Torres, 19, film production major, works at the career services and advisement department. Some of the challenges the department has experienced because of the move have been working out of boxes, as shown above.

Advisement and career services return to refurbished office

By Tyler Stamatyades

The advisement and career services department at the North Campus has temporarily been split up between Room 1164 and Room 1271 due to ongoing renovation.

Some of the challenges the department has experienced because of the situation have been working out of boxes, and working in smaller spaces than their previous location in Room 1103 allowed.

The department was split up because there was not a location large enough to accommodate the entire staff.

Renovations were supposed to be completed by Jan. 29, but delays in construction have postponed the return of the department to Room 1103, according to advisement and career services department job developer Marjory Saravia.

Sherry Rix, the transfer coordinator, said the staff is working well despite the transition.  She does not believe students are suffering in the services the department provides.

Rix acknowledged that, as with any disruption, time has to be allowed for adjustment.  She hopes not to be shuffled around again.

Saravia added that the staff is optimistic and ready for the new office.

“We are excited about the new place we are going to.  We are not excited about being split up and living out of boxes,” Saravia said, “but the end result is what we are looking forward to.”

The renovated room will boast several added features, including “wireless access so that waiting students can use their personal laptops and Netbooks, an electronic sign-in system, a quiet area to conduct transfer school research, and a private virtual interview room to help students prepare for upcoming job interviews,” said Sandra Martinez, director of advisement and career services.

“We are also excited to be able to conduct on-going advisement and career services student workshops in our beautiful department.  This will certainly enhance accessibility to all of the services we offer to all of the students. With the addition of the electronic doors, and a service counter approved of by Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards so that disabled students will be better served,” Martinez said.

Martinez said the department is scheduled to return to Room 1103 on Feb. 24.

“Let’s keep our fingers crossed,” she said.

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