Students and USFSM officials welcome the Honors Program Collaborative, Room B130, and Learning Support Services Tutoring Center, Room B128, on Wednesday.

USF Sarasota-Manatee cuts ribbon on offices for Honors Program and tutoring services

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: April 24, 2019

USF Sarasota-Manatee is offering convenient and more accessible work space for honors students and students seeking tutoring services, just down the hall from the FCCI Rotunda on the first floor.

USFSM officials formally welcomed the two new offices, which sit side-by-side, with a ribbon-cutting and reception on Wednesday afternoon.

“This will provide us with much-needed space for students to study privately or to work in collaboration, and it’s a highly visible location, which should help, too,” said Melissa Sloan, PhD, an associate professor of interdisciplinary social sciences and coordinator of the campus’ Honors Program.

Although officially recognized on Wednesday, the two offices were opened to students last month. Until the new space, the Honors Program Collaborative, Room B130, never had a dedicated office. The tutoring center, operated by the Office of Learning Support Services (LSS), Room B128, previously had its work space at the north end of campus in a modular unit.

Director of LSS Su Senapati, PhD, said she’s thrilled to have a location closer to the students.

“The new tutoring services location, in the hub of the student activity, not only provides a central space for such vital services, but it acts as a visual reminder that learning – all kinds, and at all paces – is at the core of all student activities,” she said.

The LSS provides free writing advice and tutoring for enrolled USFSM students.

Tutoring services are free of charge and available through several platforms: In person, asynchronous online, in which students upload papers to be reviewed by a writing consultant, and synchronous, whereby students meet with peer tutors online.

“It’s so nice. It’s more visible and we have a lot more space,” English major and writing tutor Bella Nerenhausen said of the location, which includes an intake desk and three rooms for tutoring sessions.

The prime spot has welcomed several tenants during the past year.

Facilities, Planning and Management, which occupied the space for years, left in February 2018 for larger offices near the central energy plant. Then, Purchasing and Human Resources occupied the space while renovations were occurring at their offices. The Honors Program and LSS moved to the space in March.

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