Better Student Spaces
Changes across campus over the past year have created a new central hub for student services, readied space for the business school to move to campus, and improved residence halls and classrooms.
The bulk of Campus Facilities’ recent work has focused on five goals—establishing the Student Success Office in the center of campus at Filippi Administrative Building; moving the School of Economics and Business Administration to campus; remodeling classrooms with better technology; upgrading residence halls; and improving gathering spaces for students.
About 150 faculty and staff will have moved offices by the time the School of Economics and Business Administration moves to the Power Plant and Brother Urban Gregory Hall in November. The Student Success Office is now based in Filippi Administrative Hall along with other student-focused services like the Business and Registrar’s offices. Students can visit the registrar, pay bills, manage their schedules, and receive individual coaching in one place.
Career and Professional Development Services has moved to Filippi Academic Hall, and Human Resources to the garden (lower) level of Filippi Administrative Building. Information and Web Services, the Print Shop, Central Services, and Facilities Services also have new locations.
Nearly half of SMC’s classrooms now have digital whiteboards, which work like computer tablets. Students living in Aquinas Hall have new restrooms and showers, as well as better cable and media connections. And old telephone lines there have been replaced with internet, video, and voice lines. There are also plans to explore turning Dryden Hall into a flexible space for late night dining and a social space.
Parking—always a hot topic—has improved by the addition of 30 spaces across campus. And plans for the future include beginning work on the new Student-Athlete Performance Center, Library Learning Commons, and baseball stadium.