Bear Down Gym Now an Academic Hub

La Monica Everett-Haynes
Aug. 24, 2012

The UA's Bear Down Gym has long been associated with volleyball matches and lifting weights. But main floor of the facility has been converted into a space for a range of academic offices.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Think Tank and Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science Academic Advising Center, previously known as the Center for Exploratory Students, have relocated to the building. Supplemental Instruction, weekly, group-based study sessions, also will be located at Bear Down Gym.

Think Tank, which also has a locations at the Campus Recreation Center and Park Student Union, offers tutoring and academic support. At Bear Down, the Think Tank includes the Writing Center, tutoring for lower and upper division math and space fo individualized tutoring appointments. Study skills and academic skills tutoring is also being offered.

The CLAS Academic Advising Center advises those students who are pursuing degrees in general studies, interdisciplinary studies nad global studies. The center also supports pre-health and pre-law students, CLAS students who have not yet declared a major and other students who have an interest in exploring UA majors.

"We do a lot for those students who need help with major exploration but, with our name change, we wanted people to understand that we don't just serve undecided students," said Leticia Soto-Delgadillo, who directs the CLAS Academic Advising Center.

"The majors we advise requires that we understand what the students' goals are so we can help them design their majors and select appropriate courses. We get to know students really and help them to find their passion," said Soto-Delgadillo, adding that the center maintains a relationship with the UA's Career Services.

"Because of our degrees, it requires a lot of advising because we really need to understand the student. We get to know students and help them to find their passions," Soto-Delgadillo said, adding that her center maintains a relationship with the UA's Career Services.

The center is launching a student ambassadors program. Interested in applying? Contact Sara Yerger at 520-626-8676. 

And mark your calendars. Forthcoming events include:

Sept. 5: An open house will be held 3-5 p.m. at Bear Down Gym and is being sponsored by the Academic Advising Center, Think Tank and Admissions

Sept. 19: Pizza with a Professional will be held on the topic of sports and athletics. The event is being held at noon at the Student Union Memorial Center. Registration is required by e-mailing ces.arizona.edu.

Oct. 3: The Meet Your Major Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union.

Oct. 15: Pizza with a Professional on the topic of careers in law will be held at noon in the Student Union. Registration is required by e-mailing ces.arizona.edu.

Oct. 18: The Law School Information Expo will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Student Union.

Nov. 14: Pizza with a Professional on the topic of event planning will be held at noon in the Student Union. Registration is required by e-mailing ces.arizona.edu.

To reach CLAS Academic Advising Center staff, call 520-621-7763. Also, the center is on Facebook.

For more information, about Think Tank, call 520-626-0530. Think Tank is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo credit: Scott Kirkessner

 

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