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Student to student: Five reasons to go to Vice Chancellor Reesor’s office hours

January 30, 2019 By Kayla Huynh
Photo: Lori Reesor standing in front of Bascom Hall pillars with Bucky Banner

Lori Reesor, vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is pictured in front of Bascom Hall on July 6, 2018. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW–Madison) Photo: Bryce Richter

Students often head to office hours for extra help with classes — but they aren’t just held by professors and teaching assistants. The new vice chancellor for student affairs — a position designed to strengthen the student experience — offers office hours, too.

The Division of Student Affairs is led by Vice Chancellor Lori Reesor, who oversees widely-used student services — the Division of Student Life, the Wisconsin Union, University Health Services and Recreational Sports. In an effort to expand communication on campus, Dr. Reesor opens her door to students almost every week, and she says it’s a great way to make connections.

“As Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, it is vital I hear from students about their experience and ways we can enhance our programs and services,” Dr. Reesor says. “I love meeting students and hearing their stories and dreams while they are a Badger and beyond.”

Check out the student affairs website to see when office hours are each month and make sure to stop by to say ‘hello.’

She encourages students to come and chat with her — and if you’re still looking for some more inspiration, here are five things you can do when you pop into Dr. Reesor’s office hours.

1. Introduce yourself

According to Dr. Reesor, just stopping by to say ‘hello’ is one way to utilize her office hours! She says getting to know students on a personal level is one of the goals of her office hours. Tell her about the classes you’re taking, what you hope to do after graduation or even just how your week is going!

2. Ask questions

As vice chancellor, Dr. Reesor is an expert on all things student affairs and UW–Madison. Curious about something happening on campus? She’ll most likely have some answers for you.

3. Seek assistance

Not sure where to turn for support on a particular issue? Office hours can help point you in the right direction. You can ask for advice about college, leadership, or tips for success — don’t be afraid to reach out when you need help.

4. Share an idea

Sharing your ideas is one way you can contribute to the campus community. Dr. Reesor says she’s always looking for ideas on how to strengthen the Wisconsin Experience and continue making UW–Madison a welcoming place for all students.

5. Grab some candy or play a game of ‘Kerplunk’

Sometimes you just need a break from classes or something sweet to indulge in. Dr. Reesor’s office hours are not only a place to connect, but they’re also an opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition and eat a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!