Academic Resource Center with Open House

The Academic Resource Center (ARC), formerly known as the Academic Center for Educational Success (ACES), celebrates a remodel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and pizza party on Burbick’s 3rd floor.

On March 1st, Wednesday morning, at 11:30, Kellie McMillen, AB students, faculty, and staff, helped kick off the newly remodeled Academic Resource Center with an open house and pizza party.

“It was not a very warm and inviting area.” Kellie McMillen, Director of Career and Academic Services, said. “I wanted it to better suit student needs and not be as outdated.” Renaming the space of the Academic Resource Center was one of the steps to improving the center for students. Additional changes included new carpeting and furniture donated by Ed Snively, the President of the Delphic Alumni Association.

“We received the carpet last spring, and Ed Snively helped with donating new furniture this past September,” McMillen said. With the ribbon cutting and pizza party for students and staff, attendees compared the changes with a before-and-after experience. Photos were taped to the wall, allowing everyone to compare the old rustic orange carpet installed when the building was built in 1987 to the new modern grayish-black carpet installed late last semester. Various students agree with the new transition for the ARC and even have opted to study in the updated space compared to before.

“It is more organized and feels more aesthetically pleasing.” Caleb Frey, a sophomore, said. The ARC transformed from an intimidating office style to an open study space and resource for students wanting to do well academically.

“It is a calmer environment and more easily approachable.” Nicole Grisso, a sophomore, said. The ARC is a resource for all students needing to study, in search of study and test-taking tips, as well as additional resources regarding professional advancement, resume writing help, and interview tips.

For more information on what the ARC offers, contact Kellie McMillen, Director of Career and Academic Services, at or stop by the third floor of Burbick Hall.

Photo: (L to R) Dr. Andrea Bucklew, Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Career and Academic Services Kellie McMillen, Matt Gilkey, a junior from Middleport, Ohio; Jaden Gary, a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina; Kamaria Kelly, a sophomore from Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and AB President Dr. Tim Barry.

(second row) Cameron Sheds, a junior from Bracey, Virginia; and Bret Price, a junior from Boone, Iowa.