SGA to spread awareness on lesser-known campus services

The sauna in the basement of the University Recreation Center is just one of the secrets the Student Government Association is working to shed light on in an initiative to educate students about lesser-known campus services.

The Student Relations Committee’s “Froggy 411” initiative will compile information about the services of different university offices into a link from the SGA Web site.

The committee, which functions as a sounding board for student needs, is in charge of hosting Improve TCU Day each year. Committee member Jillian Yarusso said many of the requests students made were already available to them, but had not been openly publicized.

“We decided it would be a good idea to express a lot of the utilities and opportunities we have at TCU that students don’t know about and that they’re not using right now,” Yarusso said.

The sauna in the Recreation Center and the collection of newly released DVDs in the library are examples of services Yarusso said she wished she had known about earlier this year. The freshman representative from the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences has worked to request information about other lesser-known services by e-mailing department heads and other university officials.

According to the committee’s e-mail advertisement, the members hope to compile facts that would educate students about every service available on campus. However, the focus would be on things that are not as well known, such as the lawyer who is available to answer students’ questions through SGA.

Yarusso said that although she only sent the e-mail to university officials, anyone may submit information.

The committee is accepting e-mail submissions, but also has a survey online where people can post ideas. Yarusso said the committee would verify all of the submitted information before posting it online.

Susan Nethery, associate director of programs and marketing, said she responded to the survey with information about new services available from the Career Services office, including a Facebook fan page and campus workshops.

“I just wanted to put specific facts out there that they may not know, remind them of what we’ve always done in terms of resumes (and) interviews, but also the new things we’re doing, like the fan page, the on-campus workshops that we’re doing and our Web site,” Nethery said.

She said that in light of students’ busy schedules, she hopes the site will help keep her office in the forefront of students’ minds when they are in need of career assistance.

Yarusso said the committee will compile the submissions of services, and the technology chair will create the link during the upcoming week. However, the committee has not yet decided on a way to organize the information, she said.

Once the information is posted online, Yarusso said, the committee plans to put up yard signs around campus displaying some of the services that had been submitted.

Facts can be submitted by:
Adding posts to the survey at target=”_blank”>through here or sending an e-mail to [email protected]