**For Immediate Release**
Students Enjoy Campus Living
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-14-07
By Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. - With the increase in the overall number of students and the number of students living on campus, OPSU’s Director of Student Services Jessica Lofland has worked diligently to help provide an atmosphere conducive to learning as well as a comfortable and secure place for them to live. She said, “We would like the students to view the residence halls as a community rather than just a place to live, and so far this semester I have noticed many more students taking advantage of the common areas in campus housing than ever before.”
Many upgrades have been in the works including new furniture for the lounges in both Field and Holter residence halls, new flooring in Field Hall and new lobby carpet in Holter. Residents will enjoy new flat screen televisions in both lobbies and students in Field will also have supplementary cooling with the addition of ceiling fans and a new evaporative cooler. While students currently have access to wireless high-speed internet service, Holter is being hard-wired for students who prefer to use it.
Ongoing work on the grounds includes a sprinkler system installed in front of Holter and new sod plus additional parking has been added behind the facility. Over the summer, Bob Rivers and his grounds crew re-seeded and improved all of the grassy areas on campus, and excellent maintenance of the golf course gives students more recreation options.
Lofland also noted that record numbers of students are participating in student activities such as the Back to School Dance, mud volleyball, plus Hughes-Strong auditorium was full for the hypnotist and the Alfalfa Bill Murray program sponsored by McKee Library. As OPSU moves towards its Centennial year, the university proudly continues to identify and meet the needs of all its students and still offers the highest quality and lowest priced four-year education in the state.