BY: ZEYNAB DAY
The Noel Studio will be implementing a pilot program offering online consultations for Eastern’s satellite campus next semester.
Russell Carpenter, Noel Studio director, said the goal is to “serve the entire EKU population.”
Carpenter said the pilot will focus on five groups of selected classes from the satellite campuses in Corbin, Hazard, Danville, Manchester and Somerset. The program will be offering what Carpenter referred to as “real time consultation.”
Consultations will be offer both audio and video services with the same instantaneous feedback as the Richmond campuses including help with writing as well as group projects.
“We do a lot face-to-face that we want to try online,” Carpenter said.
Megan Gosnell, 21, political science major form Louisville, has been a consultant for two years at the Noel Studio’s Richmond location.
Gosnell said she has personally used several of the services and found the consultations very helpful even working on her senior thesis.
“I’d say the studio is beneficial on many different levels,” Gosnell said. “It is not just a quote-unquote writing center; it is a communication and creativity center as well.”
Gosnell said one of her favorite aspects of being a consultant was helping students realize how to put their ideas on paper and help them gain confidence in their own writing ability and style.
“You can come to the center on any level of the creative process,” Gosnell said. “You can come in for the brainstorming phase of your project. You can come in just to get started.”
Carpenter said the goal of the Noel Studio consultation is to help individuals embrace their own sense of style and strengthen all facets of communications.
The center also offers rooms where students or groups can view and practice presentations.
Shannon Price, 20, agricultural pre-vet major from Colorado said she enjoyed the wide variety of spaces available at the studio.
“I like the individual space,” Price said. “It was easier to work with people instead of in the library setting.”
Carpenter said he is hoping the online consultation will expand the Noel Studio’s services to the satellite campuses, which will enable students at those campuses similar opportunities as those at the Richmond campus.