North Central Missouri College has a rich campus history. As the campus and student body continues to grow, so does the demand to enhance the collegiate feel of the campus and provide students with a place to congregate, build friendships, and provide educational opportunities outside of the classroom.
The Student Center envisioned is a place that:
- Is student-centric. Students need a central location to interact socially, relax, take advantage of recreational opportunities and accommodate basic services.
- Houses a campus dining room that will be open to students, faculty, staff and community members, as well as private dining rooms for guests and lecturers.
- Provides a new, state-of-the-art bookstore to supply the campus community and college boosters with apparel, textbooks, and everything a college student needs to start their academic journey.
- Includes a welcoming workspace for Student Senate government and campus organizations.
- Contains functional meeting rooms able to accommodate large and small campus and external groups.
- Is rich in technology that supports functionality and engagement.
- Augments the collegiate experience with programming and lectures to address a diverse student body with a variety of interests and needs.
In essence, the Student Center will be more than bricks and mortar; it will truly be the heart of our campus community. As the hub of activity, the center will include the office of the campus activities director. A front desk will greet students, staff and visitors as they enter and welcome them to the center, as well as to the NCMC campus.
Before embarking on this initiative, student focus groups were conducted to confirm the Student Center would be designed with their needs and interests in mind. Campus visits to view various Student Centers also occurred to assure this is a building that will fit the needs of students today and in the future.
The current Bookstore is adjacent to Barnes and Freeman Halls. As the campus has grown, so have the needs and demands placed on the Bookstore, and it has outgrown its current space. The current dining hall is located in the basement of Selby Hall. While still functional, a central location that is open to our students in the new residence halls, accessible to students who commute, and is easily identifiable and welcoming to the entire campus community is needed.
Academics are central to the College’s mission; however, offering a well-balanced student life includes providing social development, career preparation, and the opportunity for students to see themselves as part of something larger. The Student Center will be the place those things occur. Providing a Student Center also keeps pace with growing facility demands and allows the campus to provide the best possible service to our students. We look forward to building traditions in the new Student Center, building lifelong learners, and watching students build.
DR. NEIL & SUSANNE NUTTALL STUDENT CENTER – THE CENTER OF TOMORROW FOR THE STUDENT OF TODAY
The landscape of higher education is changing rapidly and a significant part of that change is due to evolving technology. North Central Missouri College graduates are in demand and it is incumbent upon us to keep pace with the tools and software used in various industries. It is our desire to give our students the opportunity to fuse their familiarity with technology with opportunities for innovation and exploration.
Through student focus groups, our students desire a state-of-the-art building that is rich in technology. The resources provided will serve multiple purposes to supplement in-classroom learning, as well as enhance experiences outside the classroom, including opportunities for collaborative learning, co-curricular and extra-curricular involvement, student engagement and entertainment.
Items to support student learning would include:
- Collaboration suites with desktop applications for word processing, communication, and calendaring that can be accessed by multiple people
- Resources to access and view educational materials and content, allowing for individual and group work on assignments
- Open access resources allowing for career exploration and lifelong learning Student Engagement/ Entertainment
“Brain Break” Areas are a great addition to a college campus and items would include:
- Possible broadcasting/Radio/Video production area with studio, acoustic voxels, mixers speakers, transmitter, receiver, antenna, mixer console, microphone, camcorders, video editing equipment, editing/production software, lighting, etc.
- Multipurpose studio that could be used for a music lab, digital storytelling, and/or hosting art installations
- Stage or platform for karaoke, music nights, performances
- High definition TVs throughout
Tools and technologies would include:
- Large flat-screen displays
- Charging stations
- Ease-of-use technology, such as wireless connectivity to projectors
- Connectivity to displays for student devices or gaming systems
- Digital signage
- Speakers with ability to broadcast music throughout building
Do we need solutions and innovative thinking from college students? Absolutely! In the new Student Center, NCMC students will have a head start in problem solving and new ideas through learning that is supplemented by cutting edge technology.