UCM Improves Student Housing with New Furniture
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 25, 2013) – As part of a continued effort to update university housing facilities and to create a comfortable living environment that meets the needs of University of Central Missouri students, the Board of Governors on Sept. 20 approved the purchase of new furniture for use in several key residence halls. The improvement is just part of ongoing efforts to upgrade campus student housing that will include by fall 2015 the opening of the new 320-bed mixed use student housing-retail facility.
The university plans to spend $430,780 to purchase new furniture for student rooms in South Yeater, South Todd, and Diemer residence halls, as well as one wing of the Fraternity Complex and one floor of the University Conference Center. Based on action taken by the board, KLN Furniture in Overland Park, Kan., will provide 675 desks, 341 dressers, 689 beds, and shipping an installation for the housing improvements.
Patrick Bradley, director of housing and dining services, said University Housing will order the furniture this spring. Installation will take place sometime after commencement ceremonies in May 2014.
A student survey determined both the need for furniture replacement and student preferences regarding the types of furniture needed. Student leaders were also included in the evaluation process.
In addition to the new furniture purchase, recent improvements at UCM residence halls have included window replacement, interior renovation in certain halls, and new roofing.
“We started replacing furniture throughout our residence hall system in 2009, and this will basically finish up the whole system,” Bradley said.
Although this furniture will not be used in the new mixed-use housing facility, the university continues to make preparations for work to begin on the new structure. The first new student housing complex to be constructed at UCM in many years, this facility will provide a front door to the Warrensburg downtown area on the northwest side of campus overlooking Audrey J. Walton Stadium. It will include rooms for upper-class students, University Store, Starbuck’s coffee shop, and other dining facilities.
According to University President Charles Ambrose, “The learning environment is enhanced with the living environment for students.” Therefore, the new mixed-use housing facility and other residence hall improvements are consistent with the new Learning to a Greater Degree contract for student completion. They will help enhance the co-curricular learning environment, which contributes to student success.
To help ensure students graduate on time, the contract requires new freshman students entering the university this fall to reside in the residence halls for the first two years of their educational experience. Other institutions which have this same residential requirement have experienced increases in overall student retention and academic success.