A new Center for Student Involvement wants students at Fort Hays State University to get informed, get inspired, get in touch and get involved.
"The idea behind the center is to bring together all opportunities for student involvement under one roof," said Chandra Daffer, assistant director of student activities.
"We will provide 'one-stop shopping' for all student organizations -- Greek life, diversity affairs, student government, University Activities Board, special events, the Encore series and the campus community."
The Center for Student Involvement coincides with the radical renovation of the Memorial Union. In order to combine all aspects of student involvement, Greek life and student organizations have moved to the center from the student affairs office. Its mission is to guide, support and challenge students to enhance their total educational experience.
"We want students to get in touch with the fun side -- and the work side -- of the university and get them involved in the campus community," Daffer said.
The center will serve as base camp for the Student Government Association, UAB, diversity affairs, Greek life and all student organizations. It will also coordinate partnerships between student organizations, the Center for Civic Leadership, residential life, student affairs, athletics, the Kelly Center, the Drug, Alcohol and Wellness Network, and other organizations within the campus and Hays community.
Daffer is one of four professional staff members at the center. Carol Brock, formerly the coordinator of student activities, has been promoted to director of student activities and special events. Alan Zellner has been hired as coordinator of diversity affairs, a position that previously was held by the Agnew Hall director. Karen Pfeifer is the senior administrative assistant, spending her afternoons in the center and mornings in the TigerCard office. The center will hire two student assistants to help in the mornings and a student graphic designer to design advertisements for the center and Memorial Union.
The center will temporarily be housed off the Sunset Lounge in the union. When renovations are completed, it will move into its permanent home in the southeast corner of the union's lower level. Offices for the SGA and UAB will adjoin the main office for student organizations.
Funding for the center comes from a $0.75 increase in student fees, approved by the SGA in March, and is part of the renovation of Memorial Union.
Student organizations will continue to receive funding through the SGA's allocations process.
"We are a resource for students to enhance their out-of-class learning," said Daffer. "We want students to be able to transfer their total education experience into their real world practices."