The Commuter Appreciation Day for spring 2018 took place on Tuesday, March 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. at The Bog, on the lower level of Hermann Hall. This event was organized by the Office of Campus Life in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid, Galvin Library, Academic Affairs, and ACaPS. Free food, cool swag, and an opportunity for commuter students to voice their opinions about facilities that are provided to them were the main perks of this event.
Once a semester, staff members from these offices come together to celebrate and welcome commuter students to the Illinois Tech community. Forming the majority of Illinois Tech students, commuters have access to an array of resources: dining, parking, transportation, the commuter lounge, and other ways to get connected to other commuter students.
A couple of announcements were made by staff members present. An announcement was made that the last withdrawal date for classes was March 26. From the Office of Financial Aid, Assistant Director Leticia Moreno stressed some upcoming deadlines: the last day to submit a spring special circumstance appeal, the last day to submit a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) appeal, and the last day to submit a spring scholarship proration request is all Tuesday, April 3. Students are requested to include their campus-wide ID (CWID) in the email they send whenever they contact the Office of Financial Aid.A staff member from the Galvin Library added that the library will be opened round the clock during finals week, beginning April 24 and ending the last day of final exams. The only thing that students should remember is to have their CWID to gain access to the building after 6:00 p.m. Also, the staff member spoke about various resources that students are welcome to utilize. They can check out hotspots and have unlimited WiFi connections throughout Chicago for a week. Librarians can also help them with their research paper assignments, and highly recommend for students to create a reservation for such services through the Galvin Library website.
Stephanie Glover, assistant director of student engagement, stressed the importance of the One Stop office. Students who are confused about any issues can always use the One Stop as the stepping stone to learn about how to go about solving them. At last, the event ended with an Office of Campus Life program coordinator, Raul Fernandez, opening up the event for students to hang out with each other and meet with their respective commuter ambassadors.