Nontrad center, home-away-from-home
By Andy Garrison
September 7, 2013
By: Julie Reinhardt – Staff writer
This fall the Nontraditional and Commuter Student Center (NCSC), located in Eder 200, is hosting new events within the Manly Minute and Estrogen Power Hour series.
The NCSC is open to all students Monday-Thursday, 8:00 – 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 – 3:00 p.m. A student assistant is available at the front desk to answer questions.
Miki Wafai, who works in the NCSC, said he likes the overall vibe of the NCSC because it makes everyone feel more at home.
Nontraditional students tend to gather in the NCSC between classes, to discuss assignments or life issues. Amanda Blevins, a nontraditional third-year student at Missouri Western and a regular at the NCSC, thinks the staff is knowledgeable and instrumental in helping her get scholarships.
“It’s so diverse,” Blevins said. “You’re always able to find whatever you need.”
Within the NCSC, students have access a printer, copier, refrigerator, microwave and four computers. Fresh-brewed coffee (donations accepted), plush chairs and a flat-screen television are available to students.
Jason Mullin, Program Assistant and designer for the NCSC’s new logo and posters, said the NCSC gets about 30 regular students every day. He said the NCSC helps students understand how to use campus computer programs like Moodle and Goldlink.
This fall, two events are scheduled for the Manly Minute, which will focus on teaching life skills to men.
The Smoke Out on Sep. 12, at 5:00 p.m. in Eder 200, spotlights a professional cook from Spanky & Buckwheat’s. Cooking demonstrations will show how to prepare grill and smoker meals. There will be drawings for door prizes.
The Dress for Success event on Oct. 2 will give men tips on dressing for certain jobs, tying ties and accenting a wardrobe. The time and place is to be announced on posters throughout campus.
Both men and women are welcome to attend the Smoke Out and Dress for Success. These events are each limited to the first 20 students to sign up in the NCSC.
Also, this fall, three events, Mechanic Speak, Relaxation and Self Defense, are scheduled for the Estrogen Power Hour, which addresses issues usually experienced by women.
Mechanic Speak will take place on Sep. 25, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Lot J. Event location may be moved in case of inclement weather. During Mechanic Speak, a Missouri Western mechanic will point out areas on vehicles for frequent maintenance.
During the Relaxation event, students will learn meditation techniques and receive a coupon for one free massage by a massage therapist from the Physical Therapists Association (PTA). This event will be Oct. 16, at 11:00 a.m. in Eder 208, and is limited to the first 20 students who sign up in the NCSC.
The Self Defense class will be happening at the end of October in the Looney Complex. The date and time is to be decided. A professional self-defense instructor will demonstrate basic defense techniques.
The Estrogen Power Hour events are limited to women. Mullin said the NCSC is sampling gender-specific events to help women feel free to ask questions.
Mullin said the NCSC Program Assistants each divide their weekly hours in the NCSC between helping students and coordinating events this fall.
“It’s a juggling act, but we make it work,” Mullin said. “We support students very well.”