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New year, new resources

The College of Professional Studies sign outside of Gist Hall 214. | Photo by Iridian Casarez

By | Charlotte Rutigliano

As the semester began, the new Dean of the College of Professional Studies (CPS), Manohar Singh, set out to form new resources to help incoming students to HSU feel more at home.

“I want students to feel welcome, all students, not just those housed in CPS,” Singh said, “we want to make HSU a home away from home.”

Singh said these resources include setting up an online chat room connected to the CPS website, dedicated office hours for students, a discussion group, and a dedicated phone line and email for students to reach out to the CPS office.

Kevin Cheli-Colando, the administrative analyst in the CPS office, explained that while the technical specifications for the online chat room are still in the works, the service will most likely be available in real time during the normal office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Singh and Cheli-Colando both said they wanted to create these new resources to help students in their transition to college.

“We want students to have their voice heard, and we want to offer support,” Cheli-Colando said, “we can help them with any challenges they face in their academic and social lives.”

Jessica Rocha, a business administration transfer student, said that because she’s local to the Humboldt area she had a smooth transition into HSU. She also said, however, these new resources could definitely be helpful to the incoming freshman who are new to college life.

“Any sort of outreach program for students is always helpful,” Rocha said, “I think these services will help students feel more welcome and like someone is looking out for them.”

The dedicated office hours and discussion groups started on September 19 and will continue throughout the semester every Tuesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about these services, you can contact the College of Professional Studies at cps@humboldt.edu or at 707-826-3968.

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