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SAM Center cancels Parents' Finals Relief due to no students signing up

Contributing Reporter

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 01:12

Though the Student Advising and Mentoring Center’s semester-end program Parents’ Finals Relief was to take place this week, no students signed up.

Every semester, near finals, the SAM Center offers a study program for students with children ages 6 months to 12 years old. For a couple hours, these students can study for finals in a quiet, calm environment while faculty and student volunteers supervise and entertain their children. The kids have the option to color and draw, watch a movie, or play with toys or games. Usually, the center has six to twelve people sign up. This semester, however, not one person registered.

Despite the lack of participants this year, Bernice Strauss, Ph.D., Director of Academic Support Programs , who helped coordinate the program last year, hopes for more active participation next semester from students with kids wanting to register but also from the volunteers, and that right now, the program acts as more of a symbol of support. In the future, she said the university might look at having a day care as a service for the students.

However, she noted the program was still important for the program to serve as a symbol of support for students.

"I was a student with children, so I think it’s very important we support our nontraditional students this way," said former program director Dr. Bernice Strauss.

Those who want to sign up next semester can start checking with the SAM Center two or three weeks before next semester’s finals.

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