Night students secure evening advising, student gov. hours
By David Struett
Later operating hours are in store for the Student Advising and Student Government offices, thanks to work of the Night Student Advocates club.
SGA offices will now be open later on Thursdays, until 8 p.m. instead of 6 p.m., according to Director of Student Activities, Angela Guernica.
The Advising Office will now offer extended services on the first Tuesday of the month, excluding January. Advisors will be available at tables in the 1st floor lobby from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., according to the Advising Office.
This marks the first success of the Night Student Advocates club in their push for the same resources as daytime students.
It follows a series of “late-night trials” in which the administration said they would determine if there was a demand for extended operating hours.
The last trial was Dec. 5, when about 30 to 40 students participated in the advising tables available at the first floor entrance, according to Guernica.
HWC student Marnee Ostoa has been vocal to school administration of the needs of night students since she formed her club, Night Student Advocates, earlier this semester.
Last month she met with Chancellor Juan Salgado in a 12-student roundtable discussion, where Ostoa expressed the concerns of night students, she said.
The Night Student Advocates club is now seeking to extend library hours and atrium hours on the second floor, Ostoa said.
“I’m grateful for all the support the administration, faculty, staff, and SGA have shown to evening students. We have come a long way and great progress has been made thanks to student-led efforts,” she said.