Brooks College organizes laptop loan program

From left to right are Anita Benes, Jennifer Jameslyn and graduate assistant Emily Smigiel. The Integrative Learning and Advising office has established a laptop loan program.
From left to right are Anita Benes, Jennifer Jameslyn and graduate assistant Emily Smigiel. The Integrative Learning and Advising office has established a laptop loan program.

Several campus departments have partnered to ensure that eligible students who find themselves in a computer emergency can apply for a free, loaned laptop.

Anita Benes, office coordinator for the Brooks College Integrative Learning and Advising, said the idea to establish a loan program came to her when her own laptop died.

"One day a student came to the office and was very sad because her computer had died and she did not have enough money to replace it," Benes said. "I could certainly relate."

Benes contacted the GVSU Surplus Store to explain the program, and Kim Patrick, director of procurement services, agreed to donate five laptops. To apply for a laptop loan, students must be Pell grant recipients, prove financial need, or be a student veteran.

She said this project fits well within the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies' mission to promote sustainability. "About four million tons of computers and related devices are filling landfills each year," she said. "I'm glad we can recycle these laptops."

Students who meet the laptop loan criteria can apply for a laptop at the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising, Lake Michigan Hall, room 133. Questions about the program can be directed to Benes at (616) 331-8200.