By James Bonner
When students need to meet with their success coaches, they’ll have to trek up an extra flight of stairs. The Promise Office in Hillwood Commons moved to the third floor on August 7, a transition timed alongside other new renovations in Hillwood. The new location has more office space and a patio.
“We wanted to give a place where students could congregate, [and] come for a variety of different reasons, [to] eat,
Promise staff members such as Berthel, Jean Anne Smith and Ashley John, manage campus life, resident assistants and orientation proceedings. Their presence in Hillwood Commons allows
“It’s a part of the bigger plan,” Berthel said. “This is a larger area, it gives us opportunities for some more student programming, it creates a little bit more of
“For us, moving an office out of the second floor so we can give it back to students is just a no brainer,” Berthel said. “People are going to
“It was part of a collective brainstorming about Hillwood and how to make improvements to the building,’’ Berthel said on the decision to move Promise. The office has moved before within the last six years, having previously been situated in the Winnick mansion. However, growing staff necessitated a move to wider space. “When it [Promise] first started, there were maybe five counselors, and its grown every time as more students come in,” Berthel said. “We came to Hillwood which we thought was much more appropriate because it’s a student center, where students were at.”