Colleges to offer initial advising at Q2S fair today

With the quarters-to-semesters transition approaching, students can get their first taste of advising at today’s resource fair.

The event will mark the kickoff of the Q2S transition year, said Jeffrey Anderson, chair of the Undergraduate Academic Advising Council.

“This is an important process, and we want to get the message out early,” he said.

The fair will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Baker University Center Theatre to attract walk-by traffic, Anderson said.

“The fair is not directed towards individual advising but will rather focus towards general questions students may already have,” said Linda Lockhart, manager of communications for the Q2S transition.

Representatives from every college, along with the Allen Student Help Center, will be at the event.

“The fair is an opportunity for students to meet with college representatives and ask general questions about the Q2S process,” Anderson said.

Greg Lester, assistant dean for student services in University College, said he wants to make sure the Q2S transition does not negatively affect students.

“This is an important transition that all students are going to be making, and we want to make it as seamless as possible,” he said.

Lester said he plans to make students aware of a process and timeline for Q2S advising as well as introduce the Transition Degree Completion Plan students will fill out with their advisers.

“If students follow (the plan), it’s a way to ensure they do in fact graduate on time,” he said.

After the event, the organizers will discuss future informational sessions and events to increase awareness of the switch.

“Students are well aware we are switching to semesters, but not many know exactly how it is going to impact them,” Lester said.

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Council, University College and the Q2S task force have all helped plan and promote the fair.

“The main point of the fair is to have college representatives available so students can come in and ask questions directed towards their particular department,” Lockhart said.

Along with ice cream being offered, prizes will be raffled off throughout the day, including an iPod touch and several Bobcat Essentials gift cards, Lockhart said.

“We want students to get a feel for what will be happening with advising for semesters,” Lester said.

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