Academic adviser Emily Olson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, assists freshman journalism student Logan Shanks outside Catt Hall Monday morning. Olson proposed the idea of an outdoor advising station during student move-in and her colleagues in LAS student services embraced it as a means to provide prompt, top-notch service while also keeping employees, students and family members safe.
So far, about five students or parents stop by each day with questions about everything from course delivery methods to best places to eat -- though the pace is picking up. Director of LAS student services Jennifer Owens said the plan is to continue the walk-up advising table as long into the fall as the weather allows. The goal remains face-to-face interactions with the students they advise, she said.