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Posted on July 20, 2012

From: Acting President Geraldine M. Jones
To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friendsPortrait of Acting Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones.

When I talk with Cal U alumni, they often share happy memories of living on campus.  It’s the ultimate college experience — a chance to test one’s independence while living side by side with classmates who have similar interests, ambitions and goals.

There are many benefits to living on campus during your college years. Students say they feel more connected to the University when they live close to campus activities and student services. They find it’s easier to join an impromptu study group, attend a club meeting or simply get together with friends.

Sharing everyday experiences can lead to long-lasting friendships. National research shows that students who live on campus are not only more satisfied with their overall college experience, they are more likely to remain in college and earn a degree.

With controlled access and 24-hour security, Cal U housing gives students peace of mind. Trained residence hall directors and community assistants are always on call. They answer questions, address concerns, plan social activities and help students comply with residence hall rules. The Inter-Residence Hall Council, representing students from all residence halls, provides leadership opportunities and organizes activities, fundraisers and service projects.

Cal U students have two options for spacious, apartment-style University housing. The residence hall suites on our main campus provide plenty of privacy, plus convenient access to everything Cal U has to offer, from the Herron Recreation & Fitness Center to free movies in Vulcan Theater and late-night snacks in the Natali Student Union. Vulcan Village, on Cal U’s south campus, offers garden-style apartments with a clubhouse, a pool and other outdoor recreation.

These aren’t the “dorms” I remember from my own college days! Both locations provide furnished rooms with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and cable TV, laundry facilities and high-speed Internet access. On-site computer labs make it convenient to work on class projects.
A very limited number of rooms are still available for the fall semester, both in the all-suite residence halls and at Vulcan Village. Students may contact the Office of Residence Life at 724-938-4444 or to learn more about University housing. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to help eligible students meet housing costs.

I hope that every Cal U student has the opportunity to experience living on campus. It’s a wonderful way to get involved, make new friends and create lasting memories of your time at Cal U. 

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

NOTE: Please look for Acting President Jones’ next message to the campus community on Friday, Aug. 3.

Meet Acting President Geraldine M. Jones