LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 10, 2021) – The University of Kentucky recently opened the doors of the Gatton Student Center’s expanded dining and student support spaces.
The project, approved by the UK Board of Trustees in October 2019, was the result of the university’s strategic plan to continue to increase undergraduate enrollment and high participation levels in UK meal plans used in student center restaurants.
“This expanded Gatton Student Center footprint is exciting for many reasons, not least because it infuses even more student services into our campus lounge,” said Kirsten Turner, UK Vice President for Student Success .
The expansion will house the Resource Center for People with Disabilities (DRC), student community resources and services, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP), financial well-being and support services for students. students, all located in the Student Success Office, as well as an outpost of the UK International Center (UKIC), and it allows for additional dining space in Champions Kitchen.
“The Gatton Student Center expansion creates two new levels of space dedicated to providing services that help our students connect with counselors, advocates and with each other,” said Turner. “This new, expanded footprint will make access to these programs even easier for members of our UK community.”
Emphasizing the university’s commitment to its students and the campus community as a whole, the Gatton Student Center has become the heart of the campus and is a vital space to support the UK academic mission. These newly opened spaces increase the visibility of several key resources the UK provides to its students and focuses on Student Success’s goal of supporting a diverse community of learners to succeed through an equitable, holistic and inclusive lens. .
“Students should visit the new expansion of the student center to access the services offered by several student success units,” said Turner. for student use on the second floor and a casual seating area on the third floor. ”
Join the Office for Student Success from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 10, for the grand opening of the new Gatton Student Center. Participants can tour the space, play activities, enjoy refreshments and food, and win prizes.
Gatton Student Center is open 7:00 a.m. to midnight seven days a week during normal academic times, with events being held during those times, such as movies or student gatherings in the Cats Den.
Tours of the Gatton Student Center are available Monday through Friday. For more information on the tours, click here: www.uky.edu/gattonstudentcenter/student-center-tours. Information on additional units housed in the student center can be found on the Gatton Student Center website here: www.uky.edu/gattonstudentcenter/.
About the newly opened spaces:
DRC: DRC provides services to the university community so that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of university life. Serving students with a wide range of disabilities, DRC Consultants will meet with students one-on-one to discuss their needs and how to be successful in the UK. This may result in the student receiving letters of accommodation, adapted testing services, alt text services, links to community resources, captioning and interpretation services, animal recording. ‘assistance, temporary disability services or labor market transition services.
VIP center: The VIP Center serves as a place where students, faculty and staff from the UK community can seek confidential services. People come to the VIP Center for the first time for many reasons. Many want to get involved or learn more about the services offered, and others come forward because they or someone they care about has been affected by interpersonal sexual or gender-based violence. Whatever reason they enter, visitors can expect to be warmly greeted and immediately connected to confidential resources.
Financial well-being: Financial Wellness aims to engage students in financial literacy programs and provide a place for peer mentoring through the MoneyCATS team. Financial Wellness also provides excellent resources for the UK student body to stay connected and well equipped to manage their changing financial needs.
Student support services: Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to work with first generation, low income, or students with documented disabilities. The office offers a holistic approach to working with students designed to help with retention and graduation.
Off-campus student services: Off-Campus Student Advising promotes and enhances the off-campus student experience through education, advocacy and participation. The Off-Campus Advisor helps students strengthen their connection to campus and overcome obstacles that emerge from off-campus life.
Advice for first generation students: First-Generation Student Advising supports first-generation students in the UK from recruitment to graduation through research-based programs, resources, best practice and advocacy for students who are first of their families to go to university. Counselors advocate for first generation students within their colleges and work with other campus offices to provide the best resources to promote the success of first generation students in the UK.
International center: UKIC is leading internationalization efforts in the UK. UKIC’s specialist staff support UK international students from over 100 countries, and Overseas Education Advisors help students plan their education experience abroad. With offices at Bradley Hall and Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, UKIC’s new space in the Gatton Student Center provides a warm welcome to any student who wishes to explore global learning.