Racer One Stop now open

Corey Austin, Financial Aid associate director, answered questions Kyle Lawson, freshman from Morganfield, Kentucky, had during Racer One Stop. JennyRohl/TheNews

Story by Ashley Traylor, Staff writer

The Racer One Stop created a ‘one-stop shop’ for students to receive information from various offices and ask questions during the first week of the spring semester in one location.

Fred Dietz, associate vice president of enrollment management, said the Bursar, Registrar, Scholarship and Financial Aid offices will be set up in the Stables of the Curris Center Jan. 17-20 and Jan. 23 to answer students’ questions.

The offices will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17, 18, 19 and 23. Friday, Jan. 20 the offices will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The plan is for the Racer One Stop to become a regular event at the beginning of each semester. Dietz said they are planning a shop for Fall 2017, but it will likely be stretched over two weeks.

“I think it will be a success,” Dietz said. “We want to serve students better, and this a great vehicle to make it happen.”

Student Government Association president, Clint Combs, said the idea came from the president’s office, and a committee was formed to plan the details. The student senate also gave feedback as the details were worked out.

Combs said he believes this is the perfect opportunity for students to work out last-minute questions they have at the beginning of the semester because the business offices, which are usually located in Sparks Hall, will be centrally located.

“Like many new initiatives, I think many students will be unaware of its existence,” Combs said. “However, as this Racer One Stop becomes a semesterly event, I believe students will really take advantage of it.”

Ali Lampert, junior from Utica, Kentucky, said The Racer One Stop is a positive addition to Murray State.

She said the task of collaborating with the offices falls on the student so having all the offices located near the heart of campus effectively accommodates the students’ needs.

Lampert said she communicates with Sparks Hall via email because it is out of the way, but she visits the Curris Center frequently. Because of the convenient location, students will utilize the Racer One Stop, she said.

“Racer One Stop further demonstrates Murray State University’s dedication to creating a positive, supportive environment for its student body,” Lampert said.

Signs are posted throughout campus informing students of the event, and emails were sent to students, faculty and staff with the dates and times of the Racer One Stop.