By HALEY HALL
At the beginning of this school year, Piedmont opened the Commons, which includes the dining hall, a rock-climbing wall, a basketball court and the fitness center. But what happened to the old student center?
Disabilities Coordinator Anne Hughes and Dean of Student Engagement Emily Pettit worked to turn the old student center into what they now call the Student Success Center. The Student Success Center incorporates the Learning Center, Writing Center, Career and Personal Counseling and Professional Development.
“Students are at the heart of everything we do at Piedmont College,” said Hughes. “This commitment is reflected in the Learning Center, established to help our students reach their academic goals. One student may endeavor to pass a particularly difficult course. Another may aspire to develop a B into an A. Whatever their objectives, students can find supportive, professional assistance at the Learning Center.”
The Learning Center offers academic support in all areas, including accounting, foreign languages, math, science and writing. Tutors are selected by department chairs, trained in the art of tutoring and monitored to provide the individualized attention students may need.
In addition to tutoring, the Student Success Center offers computers and printers, internship assistance, peace and quiet for studying and professional development consultation to assist with the writing of resumes, statements of purpose and capstone projects.
Many of Piedmont’s athletic teams are taking full advantage of the new center and are completing their study hall hours there.
“I have to go to study hall two hours a week,” said junior mass communications major and soccer player Morgan Edelman. “I used to go to the Mize Center to accomplish this, but it was hard to concentrate. I love the new Student Success Center because it is quiet, and there are people in there that want to help you and want to see you succeed.”
For more information about the new Student Success Center, contact Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.