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A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

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Posted on February 27, 2015

To: All Cal U students

From: Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones

It was wonderful to see so many of you in the Convocation Center Thursday for our Spring 2015 Student Convocation.

I believe it is important for you to have factual, up-to-date information about the University issues that affect your education and your campus experience.

I’m also glad to hear your questions and comments, good and bad. Listening to you, face to face, is one of the best ways for me to keep tabs on what our students are thinking.

I understand that not every issue can be resolved in a single session. So let me remind you about some of the excellent services available on our campus:

1. The Office of Academic Success in Noss Hall should be your first stop if you have questions about scheduling or staying on track academically.

The office has five Student Success Facilitators and an entire staff dedicated to your success. There are programs to help with basic study skills, and tutoring is available in the Math Lab, Reading Clinic and Writing Center.

2. The Office of Social Equity in South Hall can assist if you believe you have been treated unfairly because of your race, gender, disability, national origin or membership in another protected class. The office also addresses concerns about sexual harassment and other issues covered under Title IX.

You don’t need to file a complaint in order to talk with someone in the Office of Social Equity. The staff is available to consult on issues of concern, or just to listen.

3. The Wellness Center on the ground floor of Carter Hall supports your physical and mental health and well-being.

Professional staff at the Student Health Center can attend to your health care needs and help you achieve a healthful lifestyle. The Counseling Center advises on ways to make the best personal, social and psychological choices, especially in times of transition. Both centers can make appropriate referrals, as needed.

The End Violence (END V) Center provides education and resources related to sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. And the Wellness Education Center offers programming and consultations on a wide range of issues, from nutrition and body image to STDs, smoking cessation and drug-and-alcohol awareness.

These are just a few of the student services available at your University. We also have services specifically for commuters and non-traditional students, veterans and service members, international students, students with disabilities … and the list goes on. The Cal U website can direct you to the information you need, or you can stop by the Student Affairs Office in Carter Hall, Suite G-35.

As I mentioned at Convocation, you can succeed — and there are many caring people to support you along the way.

I look forward to seeing you and your fellow students again on April 7, when we hold our next Campus Talk!

With warm wishes,

Interim President Jones' signature.

Meet Interim President Geraldine M. Jones