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Campus Services

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is available to assist all students with their academic advising needs. At any time a student can make an appointment with a student success advisor in the center for Student Development and Success. The student success advisor can assist in creating an individual academic plan in which he or she can feel confident.

Specific services include:

  • Assistance in development of individualized graduation plan
  • Preparation for course registration
  • Review of graduation plan

Student Development and Success is located on the lower level of Kresge Student Life Center. For more information please contact the office at career@arbor.edu or 517-750-6711 (or extension 1711).

Career Development

Career and life development advising is readily available at Spring Arbor University. The career development office helps you make decisions, develop a career strategy plan, teaches you the skills to make those decisions a reality and connects you with opportunities. The career development office can help you in the following areas:

  • Assistance with major identification
  • Skill articulation
  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Career exploration and research information
  • Preparation for interviews
  • A variety of inventories and assessments
  • Internship planning
  • Multiple professionalism workshops and events
  • Off-campus domestic semester programs
  • Information and recruiting opportunities for graduate and professional schools
  • Employer networking opportunities

Career Development is located in the Student Development and Success office located on the lower level of the Student Life Center. For more information about our services please contact the office at career@arbor.edu or 517-750-6711 (or extension 1711).

Counseling Services

The university experience carries with it certain predictable pressures, as you enter a time in your life when you may feel quite unsure about yourself, your ability to relate to others, and your career plans. There will likely be times when you feel that things just aren’t coming together for you.

Spring Arbor University has a variety of options available to you for help and guidance. These include the SAU chaplain, Holton Health and Wellness Service team, the residence life staff and other staff and faculty members. In cases where more specialized counseling is needed, self-referrals can be made to the director of counseling services at Holton Health and Wellness Services.

Discussions between you and the counselor are confidential and no information from HHWS will be released to anyone within the university or outside SAU without your written permission except when there is known plausible cause of endangerment to you or others.

If you would like to make an appointment for counseling services, email our Director of Counseling Services at carrie.dashner@arbor.edu.  

Substance Abuse Assistance

Any member of the university community seeking assistance for substance abuse is encouraged to contact a university faculty, staff or a member of the Holton Health and Wellness Services team for Substance Abuse treatment referral.

Health Services

Holton Health and Wellness Services (HHWS) is committed to providing every Spring Arbor University student with quality healthcare in a safe, professional, confidential, Christ-centered environment to assist students in becoming physically, emotionally, spiritually healthy and whole in Christ.

Holton Health and Wellness Services is staffed with professional healthcare providers to care for your complete wellness. Our guiding scripture is:

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Romans 12:2, The Message

Services provided by Holton Health and Wellness Services include:

  • Annual men’s and women’s physical exams
  • Complete Athletic Physicals (for sports)
  • Gynecological exams
  • Counseling Services
  • Travel information, medications, and immunizations
  • Weight loss and nutrition counseling
  • Acute illnesses evaluation and care (e.g., influenza, strep throat, sinusitis)
  • Chronic illnesses evaluation and care (e.g., diabetes, asthma)
  • Injury evaluation and care
  • Health Education
  • Lab draws
  • Referral to qualified specialists for diagnostic testing
  • Referral to SAU Physical Therapy Service

If you would like to schedule an appointment at HHWS, call (517) 750-6352, email holtonhealth@arbor.edu, go to arbor.studenthealthportal.com or stop by our office located on the lower level of the Student Life Center.

All patient information, including all visit information is kept 100% confidential. No Spring Arbor University staff, faculty, employee, family member, friend, or other individual is allowed access to your health records or information regarding treatment at HHWS, unless you give explicit written authorization. The only exception is when there is known and plausible cause of endangerment to yourself or others.

HHWS accepts most major health insurances. If you have a HMO plan: please notify your Primary Care Physician (PCP) that you will be attending Spring Arbor University, as Holton Health & Wellness Services will need a referral before making an appointment. HHWS does not expect payment at time of service. However, we will bill your health insurance. Copays will be included in your billed balance after your insurance reimbursement.

If you need healthcare attention during non-HHWS business hours, locate your Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD) for acute, non-urgent matters. Both RA and RD are equipped with basic first-aid kits for your convenience. If you believe you are experiencing a serious illness, injury, or health matter, please seek healthcare at:

Henry Ford Allegiance Emergency Department

205 N. East Avenue, Jackson, MI 49201

517-205-4811

Henry Ford Allegiance Walk-In Clinic

1401 W North, Jackson MI, 49202

517-205-7950

MedExpress Urgent Care

1325 N W Ave, Jackson, MI 49202

517-768-0384

St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Emergency Room

775 S Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118

734-593-6000

Health Records and Immunizations

Detailed health records for each student are kept by Holton Health and Wellness Services. This information is confidential and cannot be released without the student’s written consent. The following immunizations are required:

  • Childhood DPT series
  • Polio series
  • MMR series
  • Varicella series – or a confirmed history of having chickenpox illness
  • Hep B series
  • An updated Tdap within the last ten years.

A tuberculin skin test within 12 months of moving into the resident halls is required only for students who are deemed “high risk” on the mandatory Tb Screening Form.

The meningitis vaccine is not required but is highly recommended.

Reporting Accidents

Please report all accidents, illnesses and emergency department/urgent care visits to the Holton Health and Wellness Service Team to insure appropriate follow-up care.

Reporting Work-Related Injuries

Federal labor laws require that students injured while performing campus employment should report injury to their supervisor and follow protocols provided by SAU Human Resources.

If you are missing classes, chapel and/or meals due to illness, see HHWS, inform your professors, and contact your RA or RD.

Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR)

The Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) is a division of the Office for Institutional Diversity and serves as a resource for the Spring Arbor University community.  OIR is responsible for increasing cultural awareness and cultivating diversity in a healthy manner working alongside students, faculty, staff, and community partners as we live together in community. The office provides programming, social and academic support for our traditionally underrepresented students as well as our international students. Our office encourages all students to develop authentic relationships with students from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  As students navigate the intercultural community, our office enhances their ability to successfully negotiate cross-cultural differences. We work to accomplish this through:

  • Diversity Programs
    • Cultural dialogue and programming in residence halls through Intercultural Advisors
    • Celebration of cultural holidays
    • Community forums
  • Provide meaningful learning experiences in diversity for the campus community
  • Provide mentorship and social support for students of color
  • Support student-led organizations
  • Missionary Kids Services
    • New Student Orientation
    • Social activities
    • Summer storage
  • International Student Services
  • New Student Orientation
  • Social activities
  • Summer storage

For more information, please visit our office website at www.arbor.edu/interculturalrelations.

Services for Students with Physical Disabilities

Any student in need of assistance due to physical disability can contact the Student Development and Success office for assistance with any concerns about access to buildings or other facilities. Spring Arbor University has a service animal policy. Students can request a copy of the policy through Student Development and Success.

Contact Bobby Pratt at bobby.pratt@arbor.edu or 517-750-6532 (or extension 1532).

Student Government Association (SGA)

Students carrying eight or more credit hours are members of the SGA. The elected student body president and his or her cabinet strive to represent the student body and provide programs and services that enhance the university experience.

SGA’s purpose is:

  • To maintain and forward the ideals and standards of Spring Arbor University as stated in the Concept and the Student Handbook, as they pertain to student growth spiritually, intellectually, personally, and socially
  • To serve the students and Spring Arbor University through effective programs
  • To represent the students of Spring Arbor University to the faculty, administration, and staff of the university

Services provided by SGA for the student body include, but are not limited to:

  • A wide variety of events and activities
  • Intramural Athletics and other fitness-oriented activities through “Vitality”
  • Student Ministries
  • Representation for students to the faculty through the Academic Senate
  • Representation for students to the president and cabinet through participation in the leadership team

If you have ideas on programs or would like to share a concern to strengthen Spring Arbor University, please contact an SGA representative.