Summertime is a quieter time around the college; new second years are off enjoying freedom from school, third years are in classes and in clinic, and our fourth years are experiencing the first two of six externship rotations. The faculty and staff are busy preparing for the incoming class and fall courses. The clinics continue to examine patients, and… a remodel is being completed.
During the summer of 2018, several areas are being added as new study spaces which will provide students with soft seating and ideal study environments throughout the college. In addition, the Focal Point will take on a whole new look—which will brighten the space and invite students to sit, chat, relax, study, eat, and even briefly sleep. A more intense remodel is taking shape on the second floor of Marillac, where the old pediatric clinic is being remodeled to expand the current pre-clinic to the entire second floor. New flooring, paint, lighting, and furniture will help freshen the space for students.
Additional projects are planned for the next few years, in an effort to improve the quality of the institution and the student, faculty, and staff experience. Director of Student and Alumni Services Nick Palisch feels this remodel and enhancement is important for the College of Optometry. “We must be aware of our competition, and we must be aware of the needs our students have for quality space that embraces learning and even relaxation. These students are spending a large portion of their days and nights here, so we need to recognize this by providing them with the space to use,” Palisch said. The remodel of the second floor and new furniture is expected to be completed just in time for the fall semester.