Student Advisors celebrate 40 years
This Homecoming weekend, Pacific Student Advising will be celebrating its 40-year anniversary. According to Elisa Anders, the current director of Pacific Student Advisors, “Student Academic Support Services provides academic support to Pacific students through a variety of programs and services.”
Since the program’s inception in 1974, peer advisors, also known as Student Advisors, have played a vital role in helping students transition into and achieve academic success on Pacific’s campus.
Student advisors are held to a high standard of confidentiality and care, being required to maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA, as well as attend a two-unit training course and three-day team building retreat.
This two-unit class targets and trains Student Advisors in areas such as safe-zone training, student development concepts, leadership, academic rules and regulations, study strategy skills and instructions and more.
At the beginning of the academic year, Student Advisors are partnered with faculty advisors to assist with registration and provide any other academic information.
Then, throughout the school year, these Advisors maintain contact with their students to help them navigate their first year at Pacific; Student Advisors are trained in confidentiality and are well-versed in the many support resources available on campus. They hold office hours, as well as host informational sessions with helpful resources for students.
“In addition to services targeted at freshmen and transfer students, Student Advisors respond to referrals made by professional staff in the department. Referrals are sent to SASS staff directly as well as through the Referral Center process by which faculty and staff may refer students in need. Referrals are made for Student Advisors to provide consultation and support to designated peers,” elaborated Anders.
Throughout the years, Student Advisors have evolved and grown to include a special program of the Student Advisor in Residence, which are Student Advisors who provide live-in support within the First-Year Residential Learning Communities.
“Student Advising has changed with the times to ensure support provided is relevant and timely for new students. While trends and even communication methods, such as online communication, have evolved over time, the heart and essence of the program has remained true to preparing experience,” explained Anders.
This Homecoming anniversary celebration will be held at Valley Brew on Sat, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. In attendance will be Student Advising alumni from the inaugural program class, current Student Advisors, as well as Student Affairs professionals and Pacific Ambassadors. Be sure to mark your calendars!
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