Move to Campustown proves successful

September 30, 2010

Communication students used to think they had it rough, having to haul their backpacks and computers all the way to the Caterpillar Global Communications Center.

Now, students in the College of Education and Health Sciences have a little further to walk, with new offices and classrooms filling the void of the former Save-a-Lot in the Campustown shopping center.

When the announcement was made that the change would take place, many students expressed their displeasure. Once they actually made the move, however, they were pleasantly surprised.

With two classes in the building, senior learning behavior specialist major Caitlin Staib was concerned about the timing more than anything else.

“At first I wasn’t looking forward to having class there. I have a class in Bradley Hall right before my class in Campustown, and I was really worried about making it there in time,” said Staib.

After one day of classes, she realized the walk wasn’t that bad and now actually looks forward to her class.

“It seems far, but it really doesn’t take that long. The building is much nicer, and the classrooms are much bigger,” said Staib. “Though it’s farther than Westlake, it’s worth it since it’s nicer.”

The unmistakable grocery store smell that once filled the air has been replaced by a fresh, new car scent, and the building’s classrooms and offices appear very similar to traditional campus workspaces.

Though Campustown is only a temporary home until the Westlake renovation is complete, the college has settled in nicely for the transition.

“The transition from old Westlake Hall to the interim Campustown facility is working out extremely well for our students, faculty and staff,” said college Dean Dr. Joan Sattler. “Everyone is very pleased.  I have had no complaints.”

For students living in the nearby St. James apartments, the Campustown move is greatly appreciated.

Amber Dudak, a senior elementary education major, used to live in St. James, and now wishes she hadn’t moved.

“For students in St. James, it’s really convenient, since it’s right next to the building,” said Dudak. “It’s closer than any other building on campus.”

Whether it means a shorter or longer walk for students, Staib sees the move as an overall benefit for the college.

“Since everything in there is so new, it’s a really good environment to be in, and I really look forward to going to class and learning there,” said Staib.