ARC Celebrates New Name and Look

By Nikki Ellis

PHILIPPI, W. Va. – From ACES to  ARC, it’s a whole new look. 

The Academic Resource Center, 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, some of the AB Faculty and Staff, and students kicked off the open house of the newly-remodeled Academic Resource Center with a 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 “I wanted it to better suit student needs and not be as outdated.”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 are the 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 that was originally there when the building was built to the new modern grayish-black one that was put in last year. 

Various students agree with the new transition for the ARC and even have opted in studying in the 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 welcome to all students needing to study, needing study and test-taking tips, as well as additional resources regarding professional advancement, resume writing help, etc. 
For more information on what the ARC offers, contact Kellie McMillen, Director of Career and Academic Services at or stop by Burbick on the 3rd floor.

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