New building opens as one-stop shop for students and visitors

Student and Academic Services building

The Student and Academic Services building, a new home for student support, admissions and a multifaceted academic center, officially opened to Northern Arizona University students and visitors this month.

A Student Service Center on the first floor will provide current students a centralized location for coordinated services related to Financial Aid, the Registrar and Student Accounts beginning Feb. 1.

“Cross-trained front-line staff will help navigate and resolve issues for students in a single location,” said Matt Tantau, director of the Student Service Center. “This will provide students with a high level of personalized service and keep them from having to visit multiple departments across campus.”

Tour the new Student and Academic Services building

The campus community is invited to an open house from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. A brief program is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and tours will be offered by True Blue Ambassadors. The building is located at 1800 S. Beaver Street. Parking is available in the San Francisco parking garage.

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The center will allow students to add classes, review financial aid, check on billing, make payments and drop off forms for processing. Registrar, Scholarships and Financial Aid staff also will be on hand to meet with students regarding more complex matters. The center will be open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

University Admissions staff have shifted from Sechrist Hall into an expanded space in the new building where they began greeting prospective students and parents for orientation and campus tours at the start of the year. The space also features a 150-seat auditorium.

“The Admissions Welcome Center provides a fantastic first impression for visiting prospective students and their families,” said Chris Phillips, assistant director of the center. “When visitors arrive they are welcomed by Admissions Officers and True Blue Ambassadors, and they attend a presentation in our state-of-the-art auditorium space before touring our dynamic mountain campus.”

The building also includes more than 150 offices for faculty and staff and lab space for social science research. At more than 100,000-square-feet, it will be the new home for an expanded Lumberjack Mathematics Center, quadrupling the footprint of its location in the Health and Learning Center by adding classrooms, group study rooms, testing and tutoring space.

Construction began in the fall of 2014. The building is anticipated to earn silver or gold LEED certification.