Committees & DTFs

Campus Life Work Group

Background

Over the next decade, the college will undertake a number of projects that will have a major impact on the quality of life for students, faculty, staff, conference attendees and others. We anticipate renovation and expansion of Housing, renovations in the CAB (2007-2009), Library building (2003-2007) and Campus Recreation Center (2007-2013), as well as other projects involving academic buildings, campus trails, campus signage, etc. In recent years, needs have emerged that should be considered and incorporated into the thinking about these projects. Specifically, we know that we should upgrade our kitchens in the CAB. It has also been suggested that we create both indoor and outdoor gathering and meeting spaces for students, faculty and staff; improve food service areas here and in Tacoma; expand space for student programming; create more welcoming environments for visitors, including conference groups; and examine the ways in which the college can support students who are using technology to create community. Given these issues, it seems valuable to engage in planning to provide clarity on which needs to address, how they will be addressed and what funding sources are appropriate (not all of this work can be addressed by capital funds from the state).

On June 11th, the Vice President for Student Affairs convened a meeting to clarify the charge of a group that would address the above issues. Art Costantino, Phyllis Lane, Mike Segawa, Michel George, Collin Orr, Tom Mercado, Janette Parent and Bill Zaugg attended the meeting. The individuals at the meeting proposed the establishment of a campus life work group that would operate with the following parameters.

Purpose

The Campus Life Work Group should examine co-curricular (primarily out-of-class) quality of life issues related to the building of community, the enhancement of social and recreation spaces, provision of adequate dining areas, the improvement of signage and the creation of welcoming environments for faculty, staff, day and evening students, and visitors.

End Product

The Campus Life Work Group will produce a report that will include the results of a comprehensive needs assessment, a prioritization of needs and a plan to address emerging needs. The goal is to create a shared vision of the social, recreation and dining facilities related needs of the campus and how they might be addressed. The results of this work will inform the more specific program planning for projects identified in the college's 10-year capital plan, future fundraising and grant activities, and fee-supported projects.

Group Composition

The study group should include 3 students (one of whom would be a non-traditional student), 2 faculty, the directors or representatives of Facilities, Housing, Student Activities, Athletics & Recreation, Conference Services, the Dean of Students, budget coordinators for Academics and Student Affairs, the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, representatives of Tacoma and Tribal programs, and Vice President for Student Affairs (Chair). The group should invite representatives of the Bookstore and Bon Appetit to meetings as needed. Members of the Olympia Chamber of Commerce, experts in sustainable architecture and members of Rob Knapp's "EcoDesign" class could provide consultation to the work group. The group should seek input from the entire campus before finalizing recommendations.

Timeline

The group will be convened no later than October 2003. The Campus Life Work Group should complete its report by May 2004. Interim reports may be developed to help guide projects with pressing timelines.