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September-October 2015

UCO Celebrates Grand Opening of New Residence Hall

University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz (center) along with UCO first lady Susanne Betz, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regional University System of Oklahoma Regent Jeffrey Dunn, Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb, UCO faculty and staff, and representatives from KSQ Architects and Flintco celebrate the opening of UCO’s new residence hall, the Transformative Learning Quadrangle, or “The Quad,” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 7 on Central’s campus.

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Central Oklahoma celebrated the opening of the university’s new residence hall, the Transformative Learning Quadrangle, or “The Quad,” Aug. 7 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in advance of its first students moving in on Saturday, Aug. 8.

UCO President Don Betz, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regional University System of Oklahoma Regents Jeffrey Dunn and Mark Stansberry, and Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb were on hand for the celebration that included live music and tours of the 440-bed, 120,000-square-foot, four-story living-learning center designed by Tulsa’s KSQ Architects.

The university broke ground on The Quad in early 2014. It is the single largest construction project ever undertaken by the university.

Betz called the day’s events an opportunity to celebrate the power of learning in the lives of real people.

“We are here to educate the whole person. And so as far as we’re concerned, learning goes on everywhere at every time. We translated that notion, that idea and ideal, into this structure which says beyond the classroom, beyond the performing areas, beyond the outside areas where we’re able to hold classes — that where you live is also where you learn,” Betz said.

“Today it’s bricks and mortar and technology and planning and hard work — and tomorrow it becomes a community. It comes alive with the energy and excitement and individual opportunities that will be possible for 440 of our students.”

Residents of The Quad are divided into “pods” of five double-occupancy rooms that share a bathroom. The design encourages student interaction and community building, two elements key to student success and retention.

In addition to the pod-style design, The Quad’s common areas — a 3,000-square-foot lobby, 22 study rooms, 12 social lounges, a community kitchen with cook top and oven, a movie screening room, exercise room, a “Creative Suite” for creative and artistic projects, plus free laundry facilities and an academic wing — are intended to draw students out of their rooms and connect to Central.

For more information about housing at Central, visit www.uco.edu/housing.

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