This semester, students may have noticed a few changes to the Kean University Main Campus. From the new buildings being built to the relocating of departments, Kean is taking multiple steps to better the university for the entire community for students, faculty and staff alike.
One of the biggest changes taking place is the renovation of the Nancy Thompson Library Learning Commons (NTLC). Students may have noticed updated design, flooring and locations of computers. The Learning Commons wants students to enjoy the space for academic prosperity and social gathering. Students should feel free to come in to use computers, meet with study groups or use the space for anything productive.
With the renovation of the NTLC, the Commuter Resource Center (CRC) has relocated from its original home in the Hennings Building to the NTLC. In the CRC, students, commuter and residents alike, can utilize resources like microwaves, seating areas, computers and color printers. The CRC is also very involved in hosting creative events to cater students health and well being. The construction on the outside of the Starbucks, will be an extension of the CRC.
With the upgrade of the NTLC and the CRC comes a whole new experience for students when it comes to printing on campus. The computers within the NTLC are no longer just in one technology lab but scattered throughout the three floors of the building. With this, there are printers on each of the three floors as well as in the CRC.
Another big change to the main campus is the addition of the new Liberty Hall Academic Center (LHAC). The new academic center is the new home for the Kean University Department of History and the University Archives. The Department of History at Kean University is one of Kean's oldest majors with undergraduate degree options like pre-law, teacher certification and pre-physical therapy. Having the history building located next to the historic Liberty Hall Museum is great for students to be immersed in history while learning about it. The historic Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University is a place where visitors can experience life as it was through generations of the Kean and Livingston families.
In the Miron Student Center (MSC), students also may notice that what was once the Kean Greek Lounge has been blocked off. This space is being renovated to extend the Greek Lounge farther out and make it bigger. This will give more space to Kean Greeks and MSC staff for programming as well as office space and storage. Also coming soon to the MSC is the international food station within the MSC Food Court.
The Kean Science Building is also getting an extension. This renovation will update and give more space for newer lab equipment and and facilities.
One of the larger projects coming soon to the university is the building of the new home of the undergraduate and graduate business department, Hynes Hall. The new business building will be located across Morris Avenue near the newly built Panera Bread and Chipotle. Also coming soon to that area is a Starbucks Drive-thru.
All of these renovations and updates are meant to better the university's resources to create a functioning and enjoyable environment for the Kean community. Many of these projects are set to be completed in next couple of months.