By Lori Dresner, News Editor/Managing Editor
The space once known as the Office of Student Life in 366 Millennium Student Center has been renamed the Office of Student Involvement in order to streamline the kind of requests and inquiries that the office received under its former name.
Jessica Long-Pease, Director of the Office of Student Involvement, explained the reason behind the name change by saying, “With the breadth of involvement experiences that we offer, the staff felt it important that the office name communicate the opportunities for involvement that exist within our specific unit.
“The ‘Office of Student Life’ name sent mixed messages to the various constituent groups that we work with at UMSL. Potential students and parents saw the department as a onestop shop for all things related to a student’s life on campus, and as a result we often fielded inquiries about everything from early registration to residential living facilities to academic advising requirements. The new name – ‘Office of Student Involvement’ – better conveys the diversity of programs, services, and engagement opportunities we offer to students and better reflects the mission of the department.”
Once the office staff came to a consensus, they proposed the change to Miriam Roccia, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life and Curt Coonrod, Vice Provost for Student Affairs. The proposal was approved in late May and the name change is being implemented this summer.
Although the office has been renamed, Long-Pease said that there are no changes planned in the Office of Student Involvement’s programs or services.
The Office of Student Involvement is open all summer. For more information, visit umsl.edu/studentinvolvement/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 314-516-5291.