USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Students Receive House Calls

12- 01- 2008

Spartanburg, S.C. - University of South Carolina Upstate students who live in campus housing will receive house calls from the Student Success Center and Student Affairs on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Mary Theokas“Faculty and staff members volunteer to assist with this endeavor, which is a very worthwhile outreach to our students” said Dr. Mary Theokas, assistant vice chancellor for student success, which is a service provided to students in an effort to increase student retention and improve graduation rates. “This gives us face-to-face interaction with students and an opportunity to find out how they are doing in their classes, how they are preparing for exams, if they are registered for spring semester, and if they are experiencing any problems in the classroom or elsewhere on campus.”

Theokas said the house calls, which reach approximately 700 students, function as a way for faculty and staff to encourage and motivate students during the last week or so of the semester and to also identify any problems the students may be having. In addition to making contact with the freshman students living in Palmetto House and the upperclassmen living in Palmetto Villas, the volunteers will also be handing out goody bags to each student.

“It is nice to open your door and see a professor standing there,” said De Anna Bachelor, a sophomore from Summerville who lives in the dorms and serves as a residential advisor in the Palmetto House. “The fact that they are taking time out of their busy schedules to personally check on the students means a lot. And the fact that they want to know if you are planning to return next semester shows how much they care about the students.”

For more details, contact Dr. Mary Theokas at (864) 503-5306.