The Learning Commons which is located on the second floor of the library is not just home to many great resources, but also many great people who are willing to help provide these resources to you. Below are a few of the wonderful people who work in the Learning Commons:
Laura Thal is the Learning Commons Special Projects Coordinator. She is the designated academic coach for transfer students of all years and for Regis students who are veterans. Laura enjoys engaging her students and also enjoys coming up with fun programming for them to participate in. When I spoke with her she told me that she tries to create a warm/ welcoming environment for the students that she works with and that she likes to think of herself as an anchor. Along with all of her work with transfer and veteran students, Laura also teaches a learning strategies class. This semester in the Learning Commons she is offering a learning community called T.E.A. (Thursday English Afternoons). T.E.A is conversation for international students where there is a relaxed environment to practice English. Laura described it as a formal way to practice informal conversation.
Jack Haley is the Learning Commons Quantitative Coach & Tutor. He is in charge of all of the quantitative, nursing, and health science tutoring that is offered. Jack said that this year has been a big year for the Learning Commons, as the peer tutoring staff has increased by almost twenty tutors. He told me that one of his big goals is to “Provide the best support possible to Regis students.” Jack said that in the fall semester his big focus is generally Quantitative Reasoning (QR), with Statistics being extremely popular in the Spring. Learning Commons Peer Tutors are fantastic resources for students that are struggling and need assistance getting back on the right path in their classes.
Danea Cosgrove is one of the Learning Commons Health Sciences Support Specialists. She is an academic coach for health science majors and works with students of all years. This semester Danea is co-facilitating the “Mindful Mondays” learning community, which where students discuss and practice different mindfulness techniques. Danea joined the Learning Commons team this past September. She told me that it has been an amazing experience and that ‘the (Learning Commons) staff is welcoming and offers a comfortable environment for all.
Diana Lerman is a Learning Commons Title III Academic Coach. As an academic coach, she sees students who are seeking assistance with time management, organization, and other skills and also students who need help transitioning to college. She told me that she “tries to help students advocate for themselves and also tries to empower them.” As part of the Title III team, Diana works on projects focused on increasing student success here at Regis.
Be sure to visit the Learning Commons to check out all of the awesome programming that they are hosting the semester!