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July 12, 2017 : Southern Campus reorganization focuses on students
Ohio University Southern’s commitment to customer service continued July 1 with the official combination of Student Services and Resource Commons departments. The new department has been named Student Resource Commons. The reorganization also focuses on cross-training staff to handle increased student needs throughout the academic year, and the changes resulted in operational savings to the campus of approximately $52,600.
 
Dr. Salome NnoromeleThe new Student Resource Commons will be under the administrative direction of Dr. Salome Nnoromele, who joined Ohio University Southern earlier this month. Nnoromele comes to the Southern Campus from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and brings with her more than 25 years of higher education experience. During her tenure at EKU, Nnoromele achieved the rank of full professor, with a strong record of scholarship – including national and international recognition. She has served as a department chair, program coordinator, founding coordinator of the freshman academy for diverse students and founding director for the upper-class academy for diverse students’ retention and success. Nnoromele brings her broad range of experience to the Southern Campus to enrich the new division.
 
Additionally, Robert Pleasant, formerly Ohio University Southern director of Diversity and Robert PleasantInclusion and coordinator of the College Credit Plus program, was named associate director of the unit.
 
Dr. Nicole Pennington, dean of Ohio University Southern believes that the combined department will ensure a more seamless experience for Southern Campus students. “Our campus is always striving to improve the services and support for our students. We want to do anything that we can to make sure our students can be successful. Strong support services are key to helping them achieve their goals.”
 
The Student Resource Commons will oversee a range of services for students including academic advising, diversity programming, financial aid assistance, counseling services, College Credit Plus programming, student activities support, veteran programs, accessibility services, library resources, testing and other assistance.
 
The reorganization was a collaborative six-month process. “Members of the committee were a cross-functional representation of our campus. They explored numerous best practices to serve our students in the most efficient and effective way possible,” said Pennington.