UNT shows appreciation for students during “Commuter Week”

UNT shows appreciation for students during “Commuter Week”

UNT shows appreciation for students during “Commuter Week”
March 24
09:03 2014

Ashley Salazar // Intern Writer 

UNT’s Off-Campus Student Services is hosting a week of various events specifically for commuters.

During the week of March 24, free events will be held on and around campus – such as a celebrity comedy show, movie night and financial workshops for the thousands of students who commute to UNT.

“OCSS, part of Student Activities, plans events, services and resources for students who live off-campus,” director of Student Activities Christa Coffey said.  “We try to help them get connected to UNT and other off-campus students, to enhance their college experience.”

OCSS coordinator Courtney Newsome said the number of commuters can’t be accurately measured because UNT usually only keeps a record of their students’ permanent addresses, but it’s estimated that there are more than 21,000 commuters.

“We feel that the number of commuters is rising over time because of the increasing enrollment of transfer students,” she said.

This year’s commuter week will be different from last year’s since OCSS has taken more consideration in the types of events that they will offer.

“We have collaborated with more departments to bring students a variety of resources, including extended hours,” Newsome said.  “Anyone can attend, but the point of the week is to celebrate commuter students”

Business junior Alyx Crenshaw said she drives 40 minutes from Frisco to UNT three times a week and usually only goes to class. She said she appreciates UNT’s recognition of commuters.

“I don’t stay after or anything unless it’s a Friday and I’m going out in Denton after,” Crenshaw said. “I think it’s really neat. I think it’s cool that UNT would do that.”

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A schedule for Commuter Week, courtesy of the UNT Off-Campus Student Services.

Commuter Week kicks off at 4 p.m. on March 24 in BLB 010 with a workshop hosted by the Student Money Management Center to educate students about how to successfully plan and research the purchase of a new or used car.  Immediately after at 5 p.m., the comedy “Old School,” starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn, will be played in ESSC 255.

The SMMC will also host a workshop teaching students how to find their first apartment around Denton and how to budget accordingly for other expenses.

Comedy duo Frangela, who is featured weekly on VH1, will be hosting a show at 8 p.m. on March 25 in the Auditorium.

The March 27 event, “Dinner and Dessert,” has changed apartment complex locations from 33 Degrees North to University Courtyard, Newsome said.

Extended office hours will be available for students during Commuter Week to make it more accessible to students who may have other work or family commitments, Newsome said.

The Multicultural Center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 24 to 27.  Student Legal Services is available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting March 25 and through the 27.

Other workshops, snack grabs and movie nights will be held throughout the spring semester.

“The majority of our students commute to campus and we want to show them that we appreciate the obstacles they face to gain their education,” Newsome said. “I’m happy to talk to any students who need help in person.”

Feature photo: Traffic crawls northbound in Dallas. Photo courtesy of DMN/Louis DeLuca 

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