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Stephens College opens new Student Engagement Center

January 11, 2017

The next time one of Stephens College’s 30 student organizations calls a meeting, organizers won’t have to scramble to find an open room on campus to gather.

They can simply meet at the new Student Engagement Center in Stamper Commons.

The newly renovated space—designed especially for student organizations—is fully equipped with a conference table, filing cabinets, counters and individual cubicles. The large room once housed the Student Success Center (SSC), which has relocated to the Hugh Stephens Library. Also noteworthy, last semester the SSC was named in honor of Margaret Campbell for her longtime dedication to Stephens College.

Megan Murray, associate director for student leadership and engagement, said the Student Government Association and Campus Life Unleashed have already moved into the new space and are working on holding regular office hours.

“Before we had this space, student groups were meeting in a variety of areas across campus,” Murray said. “Now, they have a place to meet and can apply to have a work space and filling cabinet to store their files and supplies.”

At the beginning of each academic year, student organizations will have an opportunity to apply for the workspaces and filing cabinets, which will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, Murray said.

“That way, if a group finds they don’t need the space, another group has an opportunity to apply for it,” she said.

Other improvements at Stamper included the Meditation Room, a space downstairs where students can retreat for quiet time and yoga. The student union, now dubbed the Den, has been updated with new chairs, sofas and beanbag chairs as well as a new and improved ball pit.

 

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