When the first signs went up for the Ellen Law Office’s new sign at the University of Phoenix, the signs were greeted with cheers from students and others on the campus.
“It’s really awesome that we’re finally getting the message to the students, the faculty, the administration that we care about them,” said one student, who wished to remain anonymous.
Loberg, who has served as the dean of Arizona’s Loberger School since 2015, has been pushing for the signs to go up in her new office, which opened in September, to bring students and faculty more together.
“I think the message is clear: we’re here for you,” she said.
“You can come and talk to us about whatever you want, but I think the most important thing is we have to continue to work together, be a part of our community.”
Students and staff have also been impressed by the new signs, which are more formal and include a number of different words, including “labor” and “franchise.”
“I would say that the biggest difference between the new signage and the ones that were out there, before, is that we’ve been in constant contact with them and they’ve been very welcoming,” said Loberge, who said she has seen students express their gratitude.
The signs also include a call to action that reads “Join us on campus, take a break from your desk, and meet other students.”
They were designed with students in mind, but the office will be open for meetings and other activities to provide a place to connect and socialize with other students, she said, adding that students can even bring their laptops with them to help with the signage.
Loperg said the office has been able to get more students to sign up for classes and seminars as well as work in the office, though the office itself will not be fully open until the end of the semester.
The office also said it will be adding more resources for the office staff to support students and students to help them with the office work, including additional staffing for the school nurse.
Students and faculty are also getting involved in the campaign for the new office.
Some students are planning to organize a rally to coincide with the opening, with organizers asking students to come to the school and speak to faculty and students.
“We want to make sure that students feel like they’re welcome on campus and feel they can feel safe here,” said Jennifer Gebhart, a junior majoring in sociology.
“We also want to see students, especially those in our junior and senior years, understand that we really care about what they’re doing here.”
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