November 13, 2001
proposes student concerns
focus on student transition out of college and a proposed
wellness center will likely come out of last weeks meeting
of the Student Relations committee of the Board of Trustees,
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills said Friday.
met with members of Intercom, a student organization made
up of the leaders of 14 different campus organizations on
Thursday. The committee then presented ideas to the board
Relations committee discussed topics including recycling,
career services and voter registration, but most discussion
focused around what Intercom called the upperclassman
has been a great success with first-year programs to the point
where I think all the other classes are looked over,
Intercom member Raquel Torres said. Seniors have special
special needs include improved career services and an emphasis
on the transition from students to alumni.
member Kyle Gore introduced the idea of a senior capstone
class. The proposed class, similar to one already in place
by the Leadership Center, would focus on networking, career
skills and financial planning. The current class has 25 members
out of the entire senior class, Intercom member Katherine
type of class is necessary because TCU focuses on helping
freshmen succeed, but does not do as much to prepare students
for the professional life after college, Gore said.
their freshman year, it seems most students kind of get lost,
and Student Relations committee Chair Clarence Scharbauer
III said he agreed that seniors need help making the transition
to life after college. He said his daughter, a TCU senior,
was dealing with many of the issues the class would address.
have a senior here now, so Im living with you,
a two-day seminar for seniors before classes start in January,
but Gore said it is too late to help him. The seminar teaches
students how to look for a job and manage money.
of the information Im going to learn come January would
probably be helpful to me now, Gore said.
members called for the help of the alumni association in leading
the classes as mentors and teachers.
Laura Miller said it was important for seniors to work with
the alumni association, especially in a tightened economy.
She said the alumni association could be a resource for students
and not just a purple sticker on their car.
are in a very necessarily self-absorbed time, Miller
said. Your four years here are going to pale in comparison
to your 60 to 65 years as an alum.
said if students support it, senior programming could be put
into action. He said it was up to the members of Intercom
to map out the details of the class and present it to Mills.
also focused on the creation of a new wellness center to combine
Mental Health Services, alcohol and drug education and faculty
member Ceci Burton said TCU needs to look at training faculty
and staff to recognize the warning signs of depression. Burton
said 14.5 percent of TCU students surveyed after their freshman
year reported feeling depressed, including, she said, 26.7
percent of male students.
Patriacca, an Intercom member, said the counseling center
is seeing a higher number of students and needs more resources.
Peer counselors and increased staff are possible ways to improve
the center, she said.
said five years ago the counseling center had 2,100 visits
a year. Last year, the center had 6,150 visits, she said.
said he spent Friday morning presenting the ideas to other
trustees. He said he expected TCU to move quickly on the suggestions.
said the trustees supported the committees ideas, and
now he will look at creating programs based on Intercoms
suggestions for a senior capstone class and a new wellness
there was an interest (in the committees ideas),
Mills said. Now we take ideas that have been confirmed
by the trustees and put them into action.