Attention all commuters of Kean University. How many students would know about the Commuter Resource Center (CRC) if asked? The CRC serves as a welcoming environment seeking to engage commuters for a more successful college experience. The CRC office is located in Hutchinson Hall, Room 130 in order to be accessible to all students since it is located by the main parking lot.
The CRC's goal is to engage and involve commuter students in campus life through various programs to help become comfortable with their lifestyle here at Kean. They also seek to be a support system for Kean commuters by providing essential resources and assisting them in making their lives simpler.
Just like many resources provided at Kean University, the Office of Student Government added this addition under the division of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Government realized that most of Kean's students are commuters and that it is important to have a space where they can learn, study, relax and meet new people.
The Office of Student Government's goal is to provide quality service that will benefit a commuter student's life on campus. Ultimately, they strive to achieve the needs of the student body.
They believe that providing diverse student-led programming can enrich student lives and create meaningful moments out of the classroom learning experiences.
Damion Wilson, president of Student Organization, expressed the importance of the CRC, explaining that it allows commuter students to have their own space and not feel singled out.
"The commuter resource center is important because it allows our commuter students to not only have a space of their own, but a comfortable place to work, sit and relax when waiting for their classes," said Wilson. "Within the Commuter Resource Center we have computers, printers, and programs that our students take part in. This center has developed tremendously over the semester that it has been established bringing in more and more students to use the facilities we have provided for them. Even though it was only started Fall 2017, we see great potential for the years to come."
The CRC is equipped with a microwave, mini fridge, water cooler, computer workstations and color printer. In addition to those perks, students are also able to sign out lockers, located in the Townsend Hall.
For those students who like a quiet place to study and to finish homework, a quiet study area and multi-function room is conveniently located across the office between classes.
The CRC provides the services and resources designed to be valuable assets for commuters.
The hours for the CRC office are as follows:
- Monday: noon to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday: noon to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday: noon to 8 p.m.
- Thursday: noon to 8 p.m.
- Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The hours for the CRC lounges are as follows:
- Monday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The events offered by the CRC are implemented to bring the commuter student population together and to offer beneficial services.