During the fall semester I worked with Chrystal Stanley, the director of the Professional & Career Development Center and the academic achievement coordinator. Together we had been working to address student concerns about the career and professional development opportunities available for students in the College of Arts of Sciences. From the outreach we have done and the evaluation of the services currently available, we came to a conclusion that the concerns students have, are largely centered on not being aware of what opportunities are available to them, rather than a lack of resources or opportunities. So to address this problem we are creating an advisory board composed of students with a variety of majors from the College of Arts and Sciences to work on developing strategies about how to best communicate what resources students have.
This semester, I am continuing to work on addressing concerns about the World Languages and Cultures program. Last semester I met with Marc Cadd, associate professor of German and director of World Languages and Cultures. We discussed some of the reoccurring themes in the concerns students have with the program. I am continuing outreach this semester to help both professor Cadd and myself get a better understanding of what exactly students want out of the program that they are not currently getting. It was hard to move forward with concrete changes last semester because the information we had received from students was sometimes vague or inclusive. If you or anyone you know have specific and narrow concerns they would like to share or be addressed please feel free to contact me.
I will be working on a new initiative this spring as well. It has been brought to my attention that many students are frustrated by the current system used for students to acquire internship credit. The current system is long and to my knowledge requires students to pay for the credits. Many students envision a system similar to that of the College of Business and Public Administration. I will be looking into what the current system requires and advocate for a more streamlined process.
Lastly if anyone has any concerns or issues they want to address please feel free to contact me. I will do my best to work with you or get you in contact with someone can best help you. Also I meet with Dean Lenz fairly regularly and I would be willing to bring forward any concerns you may have. Or if you have anything positive you would like to voice, that is great too. It is always good to hear what is being done well. It makes it easier to build on the good things.
– Sen. Ben Lambrecht