New semester brings changes to campus

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 8:30 PM
New semester brings changes to campus by Hannah McDonald
Graphic: Amanda Anstett

Following the six-week winter break, Edinboro students returned to campus to find both loud and quiet alterations. 

On the east end of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, the Van Houten Marketplace reopened after a semester-long hiatus. The newly renovated dining hall officially began serving students again on Monday, Jan. 22, the same day university officials and student ambassadors participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Included in the $900,000 renovations to the facility were cosmetic improvements such as fresh flooring, the addition of a media lounge, and new furniture. Van Houten now features an updated menu with foods described to fit students’ dietary needs, along with made-to-order dishes and locally-sourced produce. 

“The improvements to Van Houten are among the university’s ongoing plans to help each and every student continue to learn and grow,” Dr. Michael Hannan, Edinboro’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, said in a press release preceding the reopening. 

In campus life, “What’s UP Wednesdays!” are the newest additions. 

“Each Wednesday, there will be an activity on the second floor of Pogue for students to stop by and take part in,” Michelle Ritzel said. Ritzel is the director of campus life and leadership development, along with being a deputy Title IX coordinator.

Continuing, Ritzel said: “Campus Life wants to get the students engaged on campus. There is so much to do and we would love to see the students take part in these events. Also, by attending events, you can give us feedback as to what you would like to see happen, [and give] ideas on events, clubs and other ways to be engaged. Ultimately, we want the students to be happy and enjoy their EU experience; being involved and invested in their engagement is critical to that.”

This addition is already in effect. If students would like to know more information, event details will be posted on BoroSync weekly. 

The next major renovation planned for Edinboro will begin in the 2019-20 academic year. From then until the 2021-22 year, the Baron-Forness Library will undergo renovations which will create workspaces for the “modern student.” This will follow the takeoff of the Innovative Beehive Network, a program which has begun this semester as well.

The initiative is a program involving four local colleges — Mercyhurst, Gannon, Penn State Behrend and Edinboro — creating a network to assist business start-ups and entrepreneurs. 

Edinboro’s Beehive lab, which was made possible by $400,000 in grants, “will be housed in the Baron-Forness Library, [and] will focus on marketing, advertising and public relations,” according to an October 2017 article published in The Spectator.

Academic programs are seeing additions with the new year as well. New programs are being brought to the university to fit regional needs following a study on the workforce by the Education Advisory Board. Edinboro University announced on Jan. 25 that it will host a Master of Business Administration program beginning in January 2019 (full article on right). 

In addition to new programs, current ones are gaining “prestigious national accreditation,” such as Edinboro’s doctor of nursing program, according to a university press release.

The press release states the five-year accreditation is the “maximum duration for a first-time applicant.”  

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted Edinboro the accreditation, “which offers the program in conjunction with Clarion University.”

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