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Erika Scheufler is the director of the NHSRC. You can contact Erika by e-mail at esheuf@bgsu.edu and by phone at 419-372-0117. If the phone is not immediately answered, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and email address so that we can return your call.

A little bit about Robert Harr who established the NHSRC;

Bob Harr was recruited to create a residence hall environment specifically for health science majors, many of whom were freshmen. Bob had worked primarily with juniors and seniors in the past, and he hadn't been in a residence hall himself for 20 years. As a result, he had legitimate concerns about whether he could effectively communicate with the first-year population. For example, he quickly discovered that students "biorhythms" were very different than his own, as they were usually sleeping during his own most productive work hours.

He changed his schedule to be available to students in the Health Science Residential Community at 9:00 or 10:00 p.m., when students were most accessible. He also began to realize that his own fears about trying to socialize with students were unfounded. Although he thought they wouldn't want a faculty member hanging around, he soon realized that this was his own perception, and certainly not the perception of the students.

Bob understands that working with freshmen requires patience, empathy, and communication, without enabling unhealthy or unproductive behaviors. He has found ways to support his students through a role that is not teacher, adviser, or friend.

One of Bob's Favorite Quotes:

"Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature.  They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry." -John Dewey