Students work together in the Student Success Center, located on the first floor of Crabbe Library. By Destinee Ott

Students work together in the Student Success Center, located on the first floor of Crabbe Library. By Destinee Ott

Tucked away in the bowels of EKU’s Library is every student’s dream- a one-stop shop offers students the opportunity to get help with a myriad of problems, everything from tutoring in their most challenging class to help with financial aid forms.

The one-stop-shop, called the Student Success Center and found in the library basement in room 106D, is designed to help students to to be academically successful and comfortable in knowing how to tackle various responsibilities of college life.

The Success held a “soft opening” in January, and many students took advantage of the Center’s services then. The fact that those students continue to come back whenever they have questions is a testament to how helpful the Center really is, said Lara Vance, the Center’s assistant director.

When April rolled around, the Center had its grand opening and has been experiencing a steady growth of students ever since, about 48 students per day, Vance said. She added that the Center assists a minimum of 200 students a week, 120 of whom are recurring visitors.

A big part of the Center’s success is their gurus, who provide much of the assistance offered at the Center. The gurus are student tutors who have a broad range of specialties. To be hired as a guru at the Center, students are required to have a letter of recommendation from a professor in the particular field in which they want to tutor. Not only are gurus knowledgeable on their particular subject, but they are also all trained to answer general questions in a variety of areas related to campus life, Vance said.

Gurus are available whenever the Center is open: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Students may either drop in to visit the center during hours of operation, or they may make an appointment through the Center’s website. Within a few weeks, the Center plans to have a schedule that details when gurus with particular specialties will be available, Vance said.

There are many other reasons to visit the Center aside from guru help.

For instance, getting the hang of college life can sometimes be a hassle. To help students navigate college life, there’s an advisor on staff, Lucas Wallen. Who can answer questions on topics ranging from financial aid to student health center services to questions about majors and minors. Or, students who simply want a quiet place to study will find sanctuary in the Center.
In addition, thanks to the funding from Paul and Deborah Chellgren, the Center features a variety of computers and printers available for anyone who needs them. The Center will also be hosting workshops on topics such as test anxiety to the ever changing FAFSA forms. The schedule of these workshops is available on the Center’s website at