By Roger Lee Osborne/News writer

With an increase in freshmen attendance, Eastern is raising involvement opportunities in areas of transition, leadership and tutoring.


ConneXtions, a first year transition program, has extended its location to Palmer Hall. The program was previously only housed in Case Hall, but was expanded due to a increased student involvement.

The ConneXtions goal is to allow students to participate in a diverse array of special events and programs. Programming in both halls is directed toward assisting new students with the transition of becoming a college freshman.

Aside from many semester social events that allow students to get to know each other, ConneXtions hold “How to” series that range from “How to do your laundry” to “How to have a good first date.” ConneXtions has no extra membership fee aside from the regular semester housing charges.


Eastern hopes to involve students with previous leadership experience to put their skills to work. LINKED (Leader Involved in Influencing Knowledge, Education and Development) is a program geared toward freshmen who identify themselves as leaders at Eastern.

“Often, students who would like the opportunity to develop leadership skills they used in high school fall through the cracks,” said Helen Grace Ryan, assistant director of housing.

“Hopefully, LINKED will provide them an opportunity to sharpen these skills in the university setting.”

Interest in potential involvement with LINKED was approximately 350 freshmen according to information gathered during dorm hall check-in. The first meeting of LINKED will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9. For more information about this program contact university housing.

Case Hall tutoring lab

Case Hall is now home to this falls latest tutoring lab.

“The idea of offering tutoring services in the residence halls is not new, in fact we tried it a few years ago in another hall,” said Carol Elrod, coordinator for mentoring and tutoring. Many factors contributed to the closing of the last residence hall tutoring service.

“The location and other factors prevented the lab from being widely used and so we discontinued it.” Case, a first-year residence hall also houses ConneXtions.

Approximately six tutors are present in the lab, to help with the subjects of math, English, writing, chemistry, and calculus to only mention the basics.

“The tutors and staff are really excited about the possibilities and enthusiasm the lab has generated already and we are just going into our second week,” said Elrod. Hopes for the tutoring service are high.

“With opening a tutoring lab within a residence hall, we are hoping to bridge the gap between students’ out of class and in-class experience,” said Ryan. The Case Hall tutoring lab is open on Tuesdays from 6-10 p.m. Seven other tutoring labs exist to assist students.

FALL 2003

WEAVER LAB Weaver Building, Room 305, 622-5038/622-5039; Monday 5- 9p.m., Tuesday 3-7p.m., Wednesday 5-9p.m., Thursday 3 -5p.m.

CASE HALL Lower level, 622-2055;
Tuesday 6-10p.m.

BECKHAM LAB (CHEMISTRY) Beckham Hall, Room 106A, 622-505; Monday 1-4p.m. and 5-7:30p.m., Tuesday 10a.m.-3:30p.m. and 5-7:30p.m., Wednesday noon-6p.m., Thursday 10a.m.-3:30p.m.

WRITING CENTER Case Annex, 622-6191; Monday 8a.m.-6p.m., Tuesday 8a.m. – 6p.m., Wednesday 8a.m. – 6p.m., Thursday 8a.m. – 6p.m., Friday 8a.m. – 3p.m.

Wallace Building, Room 342, 622-2100/
Monday 9:05a.m.-6p.m., Tuesday 9:30a.m.-8p.m., Wednesday 9:05a.m.-6p.m., Thursday 9:30a.m.-6p.m., Friday 9:05a.m.-3:30p.m.

BIOLOGY TUTORING CENTER Memorial Science Building, Room 164, 622-1531, times unknown

Case Annex, Room 370, 622-3069/622-2996; times unknown

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