Martin and Jason Brown might not have a great deal of room to move
around inside their small office in Fritzsche-Gibbs Hall, but the
service they provide can change the future - and that doesn't need
a lot of space.
e-mails, put together packets and offer advice to students about
options in the College of Health, but we are available to students
from other colleges, also," said Martin, 24, who works in the
college's Student Resource Center in the Pearl Campbell Seminar
Room, Room 101. "We have fliers, brochures and all kinds of
information available to give to the student who needs help finding
the right career direction."
Resource Center opened Oct. 1, 2003, for the purpose of helping
students with questions about the College of Health, careers inside
the college, and the different paths available to complete their
interim dean, Dr. Joan Exline, said the original idea for the center
came about when the College of Health first came into existence
there was a need for students to get a little more direction with
regard to health-related professions," she said. "And
(Martin and Brown) are doing a great job. We set up evaluations
we will review at the end of the semester to see how it is going,
but so far, we can see they are providing a much-needed service."
manager of technology and career counselor in Career Services, works
with Martin and Brown at the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
10 a.m. to noon. "The center is a good place to start for any
students needing more information about their career field or career
paths," he said. "We have information on careers, starting
salaries and any other kind of information they might need. Also,
if they are having difficulties with their major, we can help them
figure out another major more suitable for them."
who is working on his master's in public health, said that the Student
Resource Center would have been a great asset to when he was an
undergraduate. "A lot of time you need some guidance and we
are here for the students," he said. "As an undergraduate,
I didn't really have an idea about how the professional staff was
concerned with the students. Now I know they will do anything in
their power to help. We let the students know that."
He added that
the center helps guide students on all the programs offered, and,
for current students who might want to switch majors, the center
can find what best suits the interests and desires for a certain
career path. He and Martin run "What Ifs," a program that
shows a student what changing a major will involve as far as classes
and extra time needed to complete the requirements. "We don't
have access to transcripts, but we can help the student see what
it will take to change majors successfully," Martin added.
and Jason are very energetic and enthusiastic in helping students
(find) the right direction," Aviles said.
The two are
thorough, also. "We met with every academic unit within the
College of Health to get input on what information and materials
they would want processed to the students," said Martin, a
CoH Human Performance doctoral graduate student. "We wanted
to be able to help guide the students so that when they went to
the professors, we would have helped narrow down the information
and the professors could help them with the next steps to follow."
Brown also hand-picked the student ambassadors who attend recruiting
events to help give students student-on-student perspectives. "They
can answer any questions students need, and can direct them for
more information here at the center, where we invite undeclared
or interested undergraduates and graduate students to drop by and
pick up catalogs, Class Schedule Guides, or one of the bulletins,"
a one-stop shop for career guidance," Brown added.
is staffed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
On Tuesdays, the center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Thursday
the hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
For more information
about the center, call Martin and Brown at (601) 266-5875 or visit