On Monday, Aug. 19, the renovated undergraduate advising office was officially open to the Western Michigan University community. WMU President, Dr. John Dunn, College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Dr. Alexander Enyedi, and Kevin Knutson, director of advising, gave their remarks and joined WMU student Andrew Doenitz (applied mathematics major, military science minor), who worked on the renovation with Facilities Management, in cutting the ribbon to officially open the undergraduate advising office.
Academic advisors are charged with helping students make academic progress and are vital to student success. Understanding the importance of the role of the undergraduate advising office, the College of Arts and Sciences wanted to create a physical space representative of its role. Advising is often where students turn during their initial search for well-suited educational path. Led by the vision of Knutson, the undergraduate advising office underwent an impressive renovation with the idea of creating the 'living room of the college.' Knutson and the undergraduate advising office staff worked closely with WMU's Facilities Management interior designer, Sherri Harper and manager Ron Robyn in order to make the vision for the physical space a reality.