Hidden resources on campus show the winter medallion isn’t the only thing worth looking for

Underused resources and benefits at St. Kate’s are hidden in plain sight, but also around corners and up flights of stairs. Luckily, with a little exploration, a quick cup of coffee or the best place to take a nap are easily discovered. The Wheel takes a look at the top four underused resources, as lauded by regulars.

Academic Resource Center: Chimay Hang ‘17 (student/employee)
Open Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Closed on Sunday’s)
When did you first start using this resource?
“I was a freshman. I wasn’t entirely sure what I would be doing, so it was interesting to figure out everything firsthand.”
What is your favorite thing about it?
“The environment. I work with a lot of amazing women, they’re so relaxed and comfortable. Even customers will tell us, ‘This is such a great place!'”
Why is this space important for the campus?
“The help desk is where you go for problems with your computer. Here is where you come for issues with software or if you need somewhere to edit a video. We’re really well-known for our clickers.”
What are all the resources this place has to offer?
“Video conversion, transcription, scanners, clickers and other technical equipment like cameras, headphones and Ethernet cords. We handle Blackboard, Panopto and moderate online classes. We don’t fix computers, we work with programs.”

Relaxation Room (Counseling Center): Heide Malat (employee)
Open Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
When did you first start using this resource?
“It was before 2006, I know. There was some movement in terms of departments using the different spaces—we acquired an extra room which we’d always wanted for the students as a quiet space; we had it both in our old office and in the one up here.”
What is your favorite thing about it?
“It’s helpful for students knowing that it’s there. If there’s no time to meet with a therapist at least there’s a sanctuary or spot.”
Why is this space important for the campus?
“It’s mostly used by clients who are coming in to see a therapist. If they’re having a particularly difficult week, it is a place where they can go to decompress.”
What are all the resources this place has to offer?
“One-on-one counseling in psychological and psychiatric consultation, as well as referrals to community resources.”

Visual Arts Building: Sarah Molland ‘16 (student)
Open Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When did you first start using this resource?
“I started using the art building around my sophomore year, when I started to have classes and functions in it. The Ariston reception, gallery openings, and Art or Art History classes had me in the building quite a bit.”
What is your favorite thing about it?
“I love how quiet it can be, and all of the windows on the back wall. It’s a fantastic place to study, as well as create art.”
Why is this space important for the campus?
“I don’t believe that St. Kate’s would be a true liberal arts college without the presence of the arts on campus. With a building dedicated to to Art and Art History there is a physical presence that reminds the university and its students of how important it is to dedicate time and space to art. It also helps St. Kate’s stand out amongst the ACTC colleges as being more passionately dedicated to the visual arts.”
What are all the resources this place has to offer?
“There are all of the fantastic art and art history courses available, as well as Clay Club, Artists Coalition, Ariston and the Visual Resources Library. Both of the first floor galleries currently have fantastic exhibitions that are definitely worth seeing.”

Campus Ministry Prayer Spaces: Sam Kelly (employee)
Open Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekends 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When did this resource first become available?
“I don’t know when the prayer rooms first became available. I am still working to fill in some of the history of the department.”
What is your favorite thing about them?
“My favorite thing about all these spaces is that they are quiet. We do not have enough time to be quiet, still, and at peace in our lives, and I am as bad as anyone. Over lent, I am trying to find more time for meditation, so I hope to use these spaces more too.”
Why is this space important for the campus?
“They say something about what we value. We have intentional created spaces that create peace and can be used for prayer of all kinds. These are not spaces that make the university lots of money, but they do express our values and when they are used by the community, I think we are healthier.”
What are all the resources this place has to offer?
“Three spaces I think could be used more by students. The prayer room upstairs is quiet and has materials for multiple kinds of prayer and meditation. There is also the room at the end of the hall on the second floor of Campus Ministry made more for spiritual direction but it also a beautiful location for quiet prayer. Both of these rooms have resources and materials like prayer rugs, a finger labyrinth, and rosaries. I think if a student wanted more resources, Campus Ministry would work to provide them.”

“Miscellaneous” resources can be found throughout St. Kate’s, such as the “Free Box” near the Info Desk in Coeur de Catherine and little-known lounges in Whitby and Mendel Hall containing computers and microwaves.

These underused resources can be seen as gold medallions of their own, hidden in plain sight. Stop by to utilize all the assets St. Kate’s offers!

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