October 23, 2003
Open house held for Cowley's remodeled student center
Vicki Crouch takes an order from a student at the Tiger Deli, located inside the renovated Nelson Student Center at Cowley County Community College.
The physical structure has remained pretty much the same since it was built in 1976, but inside the Nelson Student Center on the main campus of Cowley County Community College, drastic changes have occurred.
An open house was held at the center Oct. 20 to showcase all that has been done during the past couple of years, as well as this past summer.
Both the main floor and the basement areas have undergone major changes, and this summer, an elevator was installed to comply with ADA requirements.
The basement, formerly known as the Inner and Outer Courtright rooms, is the new home for The Underground, which used to be called the Student-Teacher Academic Resource Center. The Underground at Courtright Station is designed to promote and enhance academic achievement. It is where the college's assessment and testing area is located, tutoring services, and an open computer lab of 24 machines for student use. All of The Underground services are free to Cowley students.
Services offered by The Underground:
1. Computerized training and supplemental instruction in English, mathematics, natural and social sciences, computers, reading, study skills, and more.
2. Assessment and course placement testing.
3. Make-up testing.
4. Peer and computerized tutoring services for all skill levels.
5. Computer access for word processing and printing.
6. Internet access.
7. Discover career planning program.
8. College transfer information and college catalogs.
A mural depicting a train entering a station is on the east wall of The Underground. Cowley Computer Graphic Arts Instructor Denise Irwin and her students designed and painted the mural.
On the main floor of the Nelson Student Center, the game room has been relocated to the west side of the building where the cafeteria was located. It includes a pool table, a Ping-Pong table, a foosball table, and an air hockey machine. Also included is a Nintendo Game Cube and a Play Station 2, in which students may bring their own games and play on two television sets.
Located next to the game room is an Internet Cafe, where students have access to a bank of computers in which to surf the web. And inside The Jungle, where students can relax and watch a big-screen television, the Tiger Deli is an operational snack bar open to students, faculty and staff. The deli is open from 9-10 a.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Vicki Crouch, manager of the Oscar Kimmell Dormitory, serves as the deli manager.
The building also houses offices for student activities, student life, housing, the student life counselor, and Student Government Association.