Campus Revitalization

It was once said of renowned architect Daniel Burnham that his greatest influence may not have been what he built, but what he imagined. He urged us all to make no little plans, to think big. And that’s exactly what we are doing at EKU as we move forward with a bold and visionary campus renewal plan that will transform the way we learn, live and work together and even change the way others perceive us.

Plans continue to unfold for a variety of exciting projects, the cost for which will be covered by an innovative combination of public-private partnerships, private dollars, a recently approved student fee and University funds. Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” Our destiny is in our hands.

It is indeed a great time to be a Colonel!

Mar
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I never use a fitness/wellness center. Why can't that be covered with a user fee?

Research shows that the healthier and more engaged students are, the better they perform and the more ready they are for life beyond college. We hope that if we provide a compelling enough set of health, wellness, dining and student life experiences, you will use these facilities and participate more in the life of the University. 

Mar
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This fee will be a tremendous financial hardship for me. Will I be able to appeal my payment of this fee?

Since the addition of this fee will increase your cost of attendance, any financial aid award you receive will be adjusted to lessen the financial impact. No appeals will be considered.

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Will the fee be charged to students taking a full load in the summer? What about all the students taking only one or two summer courses?

The Special-Use Fee will be implemented beginning with the fall 2015 semester.  Beginning in the fall, full-time undergraduate and graduate students will pay $150 per semester. Part-time undergraduate students will pay at a rate of $12.50 per credit hour; part-time graduate students will pay at a rate of $16.67 per credit hour.

Mar
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We have a good fitness and wellness center now - why do we need a new one?

Our current student recreation center is one piece of what was initially designed to be a three-part facility. We were unable to fund parts two and three of the project and are now looking at other options. We want to build a facility that offers more space and programming options. 

Mar
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Why were we not told about this ahead of time?

The student fee initiative has been led by your student senators and has been a topic of conversation on this campus for well over a year now. They are your representatives in SGA and they worked hard over the past three months to engage student audiences, study every aspect of the fee and engage with multiple subject matter experts to adequately understand the decision they were to make. They also sponsored an open forum on the initiative the week prior to the vote. The Eastern Progress also ran a front-page story about this proposed fee and the revitalization plan in January. What made the senators' job challenging was that they, and you as students, are being asked to embrace a partnership between students and the University and a vision for a still-evolving Center for Student Life concept via the new $150-per-semester fee. Our student senators did not offer concrete costs, designs or programming commitments at this juncture because all of those areas will be addressed over the next six months during a student-led design process. What they could offer is a commitment to shared costs, student design input and the opportunity to leave an enduring legacy at EKU.

Mar
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You said this would enhance the value of my degree. How is that?

We believe our efforts to make the EKU experience more distinct and compelling will advance our efforts to recruit excellent students, faculty and staff, expand our already superb academic programs and engage our alumni and donors in participating in the life of the University. Our efforts today will bring recognition and financial resources to the University that will allow us to better invest in our people, programs and places. What we do to enhance the student life experience will lead to better engagement among our students, faculty and staff. This engagement leads to a better overall living and learning environment.

Mar
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What will I have to pay each semester?

The EKU Student Senate approved the implementation of a “Special-Use” fee structure that will require full-time undergraduate and graduate students to contribute $150 per semester. Part-time undergraduate students will be asked to pay at a rate of $12.50 per credit hour; part-time graduate students will be asked to pay at a rate of $16.67 per credit hour. Revenue generated from the collection of this fee will only be available for the building and/or renovation of the university’s student union and student recreation centers.

Mar
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Why is a student fee necessary to support a portion of the new Center for Student Life? What is meant by “shared investment?”

Historically, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has used its bonding authority and general fund debt service to build only academic buildings as capital projects. Continued strains and demands on the state budget do not allow for funding other types of buildings that are essential for a vibrant living and learning community. State-bonded funding paid for our New Science Building. We are now asking the state to fund a new College of Education and Model Laboratory School. Funding for student experience-related projects will have to come from alternative sources, including agency bonds on which the University must pay the debt, public/private partnerships, University operating funds, gifts from donors and new sources of revenue like a student fee. We anticipate that the implementation of this new Special-Use fee will contribute the majority of the funding necessary for the student union and recreation center projects, and the University is committed to finding other sources of revenue to make up any shortfall.

Mar
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What Students have to say about the Center for Student Life

EKU Student Senator Katie Scott and Student Body President Kyle T. Nicholas share their thoughts about student involvement in the development of a Center for Student Life at EKU.

Mar
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Center for Student Life Forum

On Tuesday February 24th, 2015 SGA leaders and President Benson discussed the concept for a new Center for Student Life on the Richmond campus.