North Central Self Study
Chapter 1: UNK and the University of Nebraska:
The First Years
Over the last decade UNK has markedly improved the infrastructure supporting its academic mission. Outdated or unserviceable buildings have been renovated and are now instructional showcases. A state-of-the-art facility has brought together College of Education elements for the first time in history. Associated information technologies have been imbedded in every such enhancement.
In other respects the UNK residential and campus life landscape has been transformed as well.
- The Nebraskan Student Union has been expanded and renovated in a $6.5 million project that has added new food court services, a 24-hour student computer lab, exercise and recreational space, meeting and office space for student government and organizations, and several new rooms able to accommodate a variety of campus and community events. This new facility opened in the Fall semester of 2002 and has revitalized student life at the heart of the campus.
- Substantial new investments refurbished student residence hall rooms and common areas, enhanced campus safety and security, and added new food services for students, faculty, and visitors in the West Center and the Fine Arts Buildings. Every student residence hall room is now wired for internet access and cable television service.
- The Cope Memorial Fountain, dedicated in 1995, has combined with a new campus entrance and pedestrian mall to create a popular new site for informal student gatherings and other events at the campus core.
- A significant utilities enhancement project replaced stand-alone, building-by-building heating and cooling systems with service through central plant operations.