OSU-Tulsa Student Union Work Begins
OSU-Tulsa students will have a new space to call their own this fall thanks to several generous private donations.
Construction has begun on a new Student Union space on the first floor of North Hall. The Student Union will incorporate the North Hall Lobby, dining area, the Student Lounge and a portion of North Hall 130.
“Our Student Union will be designed for today’s college student by offering an open and welcoming space to study, socialize, eat and collaborate,” said OSU-Tulsa President Pamela Fry. “It is designed to be a place where students can make the most of their college experience.”
Sponsored by Osage Casino Hotel, the OSU-Tulsa Student Union will feature new group study rooms, computer work and print stations, mixed seating options and dining.
“We are grateful to Osage Casino Hotel for their generous sponsorship of the OSU-Tulsa Student Union,” Fry said. “They recognized the importance of providing a central space for working students to gather away from the responsibilities of home.”
OSU-Tulsa President Emeritus Howard Barnett and his wife Billie provided additional support for the project, as did Tulsa-based company Williams.
Construction was originally planned to start in mid-May, but the schedule was pushed up to late April to minimize potential disruption to campus.
“This project is funded almost entirely by private donations designated for this purpose, so with the funding in place, this was the ideal time to begin construction,” said Ron Bussert, vice president of administration and finance.
Serving Students' Needs
Planning for the Student Union started in late 2017. OSU-Tulsa leadership held input sessions with students, faculty and staff to understand how campus facilities could better serve their needs.
The preliminary phase of the Student Union project moved Campus Life and Career Services to North Hall 103, which is adjacent to the North Hall Lobby, to increase their visibility. This phase also added the Marketplace and the partnership with the OSU University Store, which enables students to purchase textbooks and merchandise through the shopokstate.com website and pick them up free of charge at the Information Center.
Nearly all of OSU-Tulsa’s student services functions will be centralized in the Student Union, including the Bursar Office, Academic Advising, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Prospective Student Services, Campus Life and Career Services.
“As we anticipate continued physical distancing when students return to campus, OSU-Tulsa’s Student Union will offer an expanded and enhanced space for students to gather safely,” Fry said. “Our students, particularly those balancing college, career and family responsibilities, tell us how much they appreciate having a quiet, dedicated place to come and study. We believe this demand will increase as students taking online classes seek spaces where they can not only study, but access technology and services in one convenient place.”
Dining services will not be accessible during construction, but snacks and grab-and-go food will remain available from the Marketplace. Access to offices located in North Hall will not be impacted by the construction.
The OSU-Tulsa Student Union is anticipated to be complete by fall 2020.
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