The weekly offering includes research and assignment consultations as well as drop-in appointments with peer coaches, Writing Tutorial Services and UITS help desks. Other IU entities, including School of Social Work and University Division, also offer services and activities in the library lobby.
“I think it was very valuable,” said Alice Dobie, University Division’s associate director of advising. “We had a steady stream of students coming to talk to advisers.”
At the academic advising table, Dobie said, information was given about tutoring and other services. She added that advisers also set up a prize wheel to win a coffee gift card if students answered questions, such as “What course to you look forward to taking next semester?” The Friday Finish helped bring more students into the advising center earlier than usual, rather just at the end of registration, Dobie believes.
|Initial numbers show Friday Finish served about 800 students weekly, based on 600 pizza slices and other food. Library numbers show as many as 7,000 visitors to spaces beyond the Wells Library Lobby on just one Friday alone. Every Friday this fall had more than 4,000 counted visits to library spaces.
The IU School of Social Work staff encouraged students each Friday to get a wellness coach and told them the library offers services to help improve all aspects of wellness, including physical, emotional, social and other aspects.
“We are looking at all areas where you can coach them to improve their lifestyle,” said Michelle Moore, assistant clinical professor and Wellness at the Finish organizer. Staff asked students questions about time management and eating habits, for example, and offered activities like making healthy trail mix.
Overall, Dallis-Comentale said they found students wanted to talk with IU staff and educators.“Students gladly told us about their projects. They wanted a connection with someone,” she said. “It was lovely. If there is an entire fabric of a community that cares they’re successful ... students feel like they’re being seen.”