Students Corner desk ready to serve you in Old Main

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

Old Main has a new desk to lean on. Students Corner, a student-run part of the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation, opened this summer.

Ryan Turcot mans the Students Corner desk in Old Main. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Ryan Turcot mans the Students Corner desk in Old Main. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

The goal of the desk is to provide a visible place for domestic, aboriginal and international students to come and seek help with anything they need, according to Sukh Matonovich, manager of student retention and engagement at TRU.

“Most often places are hidden behind closed doors,” Matonovich said, “We wanted to create a space that was approachable.”

The corner is a collaborative effort between staff and students to provide a peer-to-peer resource where students can get direct guidance for any of their questions.

“The cool thing about Students Corner is it’s kind of like a centralized hub where you can get help on anything you want,” said Nic Zdunich, a summer co-op student in TRU’s Bachelor of Business program.

Students Corner is a place to help students find the right resources on campus to answer their questions by making phone calls, finding out the necessary information, and even walking them over to where they need to be, Matonovich said.

Sukh Matonovich, Carlee Poleschuk, Kristen Hamilton, Dixie Smeeton and Nic Zdunich inside the Centre for Student Engagement. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Sukh Matonovich, Carlee Poleschuk, Kristen Hamilton, Dixie Smeeton and Nic Zdunich inside the Centre for Student Engagement. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

“We’re here to help and we’re here to answer questions,” said Kristen Hamilton, full-time staff member at the Centre for Student Engagement. “If we don’t know the answer we will get them that answer. Students are not turned away here, they leave with the help they need.”

One of the centre’s successful programs is the timetable support lab, where volunteers are trained to help students navigate the website and plan out their courses.

Matonovich said a big part of the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation is providing a resource to help ease the transition to post-secondary for new students. She added that she’s especially excited to see the student orientation program grow from a one day program to a summer long support program.

“It’s something students wanted, something they felt they needed and we heard their voices,” Matonovich said.

“It’s the vision of the students, and it can’t fail because it’s what students are looking for,” she added. “My vision for what the centre is has all come from students.”

TRU student resources:

Academic Advising
Services: Help students with courses and programs.
Location: Old Main, Room OM1100.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 250-828-5075 or advising@tru.ca (Domestic students) / InternationalAdvising@tru.ca (International Students)

Financial Aid and Awards
Services: Help students with paying for their education.
Location: Old Main, room OM 1631.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 250-828-5024 or finaid@tru.ca

Campus Cashier
Services: Location to pay fees and collect tax receipts.
Location: Old Main, room OM 1610.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 250-852-7140 or 250-371-5614 or financehelp@tru.ca

Admission and Registration
Services: Course changes, updating personal information and more.
Location: Old Main, room OM 1155.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 250-828-5036 or admissions@tru.ca

Career Education
Services: Career advising, job postings, resume work and more.
Location: Old Main, room OM 1712.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 250-371-5627 or careereducation@tru.ca

Wellness Centre
Services: Personal health and wellness.
Location: Old Main, room OM 1462.
Hours: Varied.
Contact: 250-838-5010 or ccorsi@tru.ca

Counseling Services
Services: Personal, academic, and career counseling.
Location: Old Main, room OM 1631.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 250-828-5023

Disability Services
Services: Assisting students with various disabilities.
Location: Old Main, room OM1631.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 250-828-5023 or dso@tru.ca

Aboriginal Education Centre
Services: Resources for aboriginal students.
Location: House of Learning, room 150.
Hours: Varied.
Contact: 250-828-5227 or aboriginal@tru.ca

TRUSU
Services: UPass, health and dental, clubs, food bank and more.
Location: The Student’s Union Building attached to the Campus Activity Centre.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: 250-828-5289 or info@trusu.ca

Interfaith Chaplaincy
Services: Religious and spiritual care.
Location: Old Main, room OM1421.
Hours: Varies.
Contact: 250-371-5940 or chaplains@tru.ca

Computer Lab Support
Services: Technical support for computer labs, personal accounts and Wi-Fi support.
Location: Old Main, room OM 1326.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 250-828-5332 or labsupport@tru.ca