drinking the tea, nibbling on the popcorn, asking questions, and
checking out the artifacts. It’s their entertainment. One student
said the ASC was the only entertainment they had; it is their visiting
time. So this is truly a multi-purpose facility. I’ve never had any
major problems all these years.
DR:
To me, that is an amazing statement. How many other locations
on campus can say that?
KP:
There is never any conflict in the ASC. We just don’t tolerate
drama. If someone steps out of line, they know about it. Adult
students aren’t nervous about telling another student that he or
she is out of line. And if they can’t take care of it themselves, they
will come to me about the issue. It usually just works itself out. I
also think that students feel safe in the ASC; not safe from crime,
but safe from people judging them. They feel like they can be
themselves: they can be old, they can be un-cool, they can be a geek,
they can be the guy that no one wants to talk to. When they come to
the ASC, they can be part of that family and make friends. Adults
tend to like people for who they are. It doesn’t mean that they’re not
different, but we still love them.
DR:
You serve as a staff sponsor for the Non-Traditional Student
Union. Although that organization does a lot of programming
with the ASC, they are separate entities. How do you think that
organization serves IU Southeast students?
KP:
That organization is coming back after many years of being
quiet. We have a nice diverse group of students who are involved
in the NTSU; they are energetic and exciting. They’re excited about
going to school. The NTSU is an advocate for the adult population.
IU Southeast already takes good care of its adult students; we don’t
really need to advocate so much for ourselves anymore because
the University hears us and provides those services and facilities.
Members of the NTSU set a good example; younger students can
learn from their life experiences. I hope that the young students
and old students can learn from each other. I think we’ll continue to
see an increase in adult student enrollment. I think we’re somewhere
between 35 and 40 percent strong. The University is wise to cater to
their needs. The University is hearing us and I’m grateful for that.
Word of mouth is a powerful tool for adult students. I think most
of them would say that they love this University in their back yard.
I loved it so much that I came back to work here.
IU Southeast
already takes
good care of its
adult students;
we don’t really
need to advocate so
much for ourselves
anymore because
the University hears
us and provides
those services
and facilities.
Students have access to computers and
study tables in the ASC.