The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

Bond passage secures funds for campus improvements

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 

 

The $22 million bond that Rose State sought passed on March 5 with a 64 percent approval rate. This means that RSC will be able to remodel the LRC, Aquatic Center and upgrade the IT systems equipment. Project start dates have yet to be set.

The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

The most visible updates will be to the LRC, which has grown to house many services within the two-story building. According to Chris Meyer, dean of the LRC, with the new construction they will be able to offer more conducive spaces to the needs of Academic Testing, Tutoring, Disability Services, Distance Education and Instructional Support. Meyer also said he hopes to see the LRC lobby host more cultural events, guest speakers and community events.

“We are preparing to have a building that is a place where visitors find an inviting and welcoming environment to study, train, work, research, relax, and gather in clusters,” Meyer said.

In the opinion of many students and staff on campus, the most needed update will be to the equipment that provides the campus with Internet services. According to John Primo, vice president of Information Technology Services, the targeted areas will be the replacement of fiber optic infrastructure and the installation of a backup generator to keep campus resources running in the event of a power outage.

“The ability to provide robust, production-level quality wireless Internet access to faculty and students is going to improve their accessibility to online resources and course materials using their mobile devices,” Primo said.

Finally, the Aquatic Center will be receive updates to the infrastructure around it. Holes and wood rot have been found in the exterior walls, and these will be fixed alongside other upgrades.

Other projects in the bond election are for a Student Union lounge renovation, replacing ceiling tiles, flooring, lighting and exterior doors of various buildings, a sign on the S.E. 15th Street entrance and restroom renovations across campus to bring them up to ADA standards.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged ADA, americans with disabilities act, Aquatic Center, Bond Election, Disability, distance education, , IT, , LRC, student union, testing, Tutoring

Bond election to bring needed campus changes

 

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

 

Brandon Whit, Architecture Major, is a member of the student senate, whose legislation brought attention to needed changes on campus. Photo by Bryan Mangier

Brandon Whit, Architecture Major, is a member of the student senate, whose legislation brought attention to needed changes on campus. Photo by Bryan Mangier

RSC administrators are seeking improvements to the college through the Campus Advancement Plan, or CAP for short.

When students visit the LRC they will have noticed that the offices for the Testing Center, Students with Disabilities, and the Student Tutoring are crammed into a small section of the building. With $7 million of the proposed $22 million, the LRC will expand to accommodate not only new offices, but also new spaces for students to read in a quiet and comfortable environment.

“It is simply not built to accommodate the traffic,” Dr. Terry Britton, RSC president said. “And the archives section, where we are trying to build the history of RSC, is too small, and does not have the appropriate heat and air to keep the archives safe.”

The Aquatic Center is also in need of repair, according to Britton. “Pools, once they get old, you can’t fix it and the machinery parts are no longer available.”

Of some concern is the roof of the Aquatic Center, which leaks when it rains. Some doors in the Aquatic Center are warped enough that they will not open or close.

Along with these renovations and upgrades, the Student Union will receive a makeover for students to feel more at home. RSC is a commuter college and has no housing or places for students to simply hang out and relax between class periods, according to Britton. So, the plan is to revamp the Student Union and Aquatics Center with $2 million of the $22 million in funds.

Of the $22 million, $5 million will be used to place new fiber optic lines throughout the campus, and upgrade the campus network.

A new sign is to be added on S.E. 15th St., costing $220,000.

$4 million in funds will cover basic maintenance of facilities throughout campus, with new ceiling tiles, lighting, flooring, and external doors placed in various buildings across campus. The rest of the funds will be similarly used to renovate restrooms and mechanical instruments in the Health and Environmental Science Building.

The 2005 bond issue the college received will be paid off in 2015. The proposed 2013 bond issue will run from 2013 – 2028. More information about the 2013 CAP Bond election can be found on flyers through out campus. Voting on this bond issue will take place March 5th.

For the status of the bond issue, check out our story covering the election here.

 

 

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged $22 million, aquatics center, Bond Election, disabilities, dollars, fiber optics system, , , Student Services, student union, tax increase, testing center, Tutoring

LRC Seeking Materials for benefit sale

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

The Friends of the Library at RSC and the Library Club are asking for book donations for the book sale that will be hosted 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feb 13 and 14.

All types of book donations are needed to make the sale a success. The LRC will accept fiction, non-fiction, paperback, hard back, children’s, young adults, textbooks and picture books.

Any type of periodical or encyclopedia as well as music CD’s and DVD’s are also requested.

 

All materials can be brought to the LRC office. The book sale is open to the public, and all proceeds will be used to benefit the LRC.

For more information on the book sale, or to join the Friends of the Library at RSC contact the LRC office at 405-733-7370 or email Barb Pfrehm at bpfrehm@rose.edu.

 

Learning Resource Center

By: Chelsea Ratterman, assistant editor

The Learning Resource Center is a valuable asset on campus. Faculty and students utilize the various services of the LRC to enhance teaching and learning experiences. Everything from the library to video viewing services is contained within the building on the east end of the campus. The LRC issues a biannual newsletter, “LRC Connections,” to inform faculty and staff of new resources available to them.

A main attraction of the LRC is its Library, which spans both floors. It contains more than 98,000 items, which can be accessed within the library, or checked out with a valid student ID. Magazines and e-books are also available. Some textbooks are on reserve for students who need them. Reference, audiovisual materials and periodicals are available, but may not be checked out. Fines for late books are 5 cents a day. LRC patrons can use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL), where a book, that isn’t available here, can be requested from

Helpful staff can assist you in checking out books from the LRC. Photo by, Logan Pierce

another library. The Library Club also meets here twice a month, to promote the library and its services.

“The LRC has a variety of resources for you to be a successful college student.  Please let us know how we can help you. Stop by the reference desk on the LRC first floor for assistance,” Sharon Saulmon, LRC dean said.

When the LRC is closed, there are still resources available to students. Students can email a reference librarian at refdesk@rose.edu. The Ask-A-Librarian feature is available online, where students can join a chat room that is open 24/7 and is linked from the LRC website at lrc.rose.edu

Contained on the 1st Floor of the LRC is the Testing Center, where exams from various classes can be taken. Bring your photo ID, class name, instructor’s name, and test number. Major exams such as CLEP, ACT and COMPASS can also be taken here.

Tutoring Services are available for general education classes. After signing up, students will be matched with a “Live” tutor for such classes as English and Algebra, two of our more popular courses. “Online” tutoring is also available 24/7; where students may upload specific math problems or paragraph drafts for their tutor to review. The most popular online subjects are physics and chemistry. Also contained here is the Reference Computer Lab, with Microsoft Office products and a reference librarian close by to assist with research needs.

The Audiovisual Services and Computer Lab, located at the north end of the 2nd Floor, contains 41 computers for student use. Students can also view over 1500 different videotapes. The circulation desk for the library is located on this floor. This is where you can apply for the OK-Share card that allows you to checkout books from any participating library. The Distance Learning Offices are located here, where you can find information on Internet courses and telecourses.

For more information and other numbers, check out www.rose.edu/LRC or the LRC website, http://lrc.rose.edu. You may access many different databases for research, find out more about LRC services, as well as have quick links to all of your log-ins–D2L, Student eMail, and OASIS (student information system). You must log into a campus computer once each semester to be able to access databases from off campus. If you need assistance with the learning management system, D2L, please stop by an LRC computer lab or LRC206.

LRC Hours

7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

1 to 8 p.m. Sunday