Finals Lounge for Off-Campus Students Deemed a Success

Posted: February 1, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: January 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

By Aisha Jamil

According to Scott Blevins, last semester’s off-campus student finals lounge was a winner.

“In my opinion, the piloting for the finals lounge was a huge success because off-campus students showed a need for a space to meet one another, socialize and study,” says Blevins, assistant director of Orientation and Family Programs and Services.

According to Blevins, there were approximately 1,700 unique visitors per day between Dec. 12 and Dec. 18, when George’s Restaurant in the Johnson Center was temporarily converted into a lounge.

For off-campus students, finding a place to study over the years has been a challenging task, especially for those who don’t arrive to campus early.

“The libraries, computer labs, even the couches lining the third and fourth floors of JC are full during [finals week],” says Stefanie Juvinel, a junior majoring in integrative studies with a concentration in elementary education, who commutes daily. “This off-campus lounge really opened up the options for commuters like me.”

Because the pilot program was a hit, it will be repeated for finals this semester. And other programming for off-campus students is in the works, such as housing fairs, cooking classes and a drive-in movie.

Spring events start off with a free Groundhog Day Breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in George’s Restaurant.

For more information regarding the off-campus student lounge or events, contact Scott Blevins or visit the Off-Campus Student Services website.

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