Building on its efforts to meet student needs, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is opening a Pantry and Student Success Center on March 24.
The pantry, which will be located in the Student Success Center, Woods Art Building Room 111, will provide personal hygiene products and non-perishable food items to any Husker student in need. A grand opening event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 24. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or personal care item to help stock the pantry.
The Pantry and Success Center is the latest in a series of efforts to meet student needs identified by the college’s Student Advisory Council and the results of a university-wide survey that showed that more and more students are suffering from food insecurity.
To help address this need, Jackie Mattingly, Acting Associate Dean for Student Success and Assistant Professor of Music Practice, has partnered with Big Red Resilience and Well-being to provide resources at the Fine Arts Corner. and campus performing arts.
“At Hixson-Lied College, we care about every dimension of student well-being and look forward to providing resources close to our students’ college homes,” Mattingly said.
The college started by offering contextual wellness sessions, through which students were able to express additional resources they would like to see.
As a result, the college set up its own pantry in conjunction with the Husker Pantry and Big Red Resilience and Well-being.
The pantry will serve as an extension of the resources located in the Husker Pantry, which has additional offerings including perishables. The pantry is free and open to all students.
Hixson-Lied faculty, staff, students, and student organizations have already shown their dedication to student success by coming together to collect and donate to the Pantry.
For example, the choral ensembles at the Glenn Korff School of Music kicked off the giving drive by collecting donations during their choir night on March 13. There are also donation bins located in each Hixson-Lied building.
Our thanks to @UNLCoirs for collecting food at their recent concert for our new pantry opening soon in the Student Success Center! We appreciate your generosity! #unlarts @UNLSomusic pic.twitter.com/AHDI5cPk7T
— Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts (@UNLArts) March 11, 2022
“It really became a community effort,” Mattingly said.
College leaders recently selected Emily Griffin Overocker to serve as Student Success Coordinator. His duties include overseeing the pantry and other college initiatives.
“Student success starts with basic human needs, because students cannot focus on learning if they don’t have food or shelter,” said Griffin Overocker. “Hopefully this new pantry will free up some mental bandwidth so students can focus more on their lessons.”
College leaders expect the Student Success Center to become a hub of support and a home for student success initiatives, including future wellness sessions. The College and Student Success Team will continue to listen to students and improve and modify offerings as needed.
“By focusing on students holistically, we hope we can help break down barriers for students so they can maximize their opportunities here at college,” said Griffin Overocker.