The primary focus of Phase 2 of Faith in Progress will be a sizable investment to improve and enhance the Student Life experience on CBU’s campus. This will help ensure that the university continues to attract traditional and non-traditional students at current record enrollment levels. Proposed initiatives include:
• A reimagined and renovated the Thomas Student Life Center. This renovated facility will provide community gathering areas, a larger dining hall, improved accessibility, offices for student government and student groups, an expanded Counseling Center and Health Services Center, the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery, an event space, and additional options for dining, recreation, health and fitness, and more.
• Renovations to the Plough Library, which will include open and closed study spaces for individuals and groups, as well as other amenities such as public printers, 24-hour study spaces, a coffee bar, and more. The project will also refresh the building’s façade, creating a welcoming and accessible foyer space. The goal of the renovations will be to provide space for interactive team and group study, encouraging study habits and improved academic achievement.
• A new Admissions Center in St. Joseph Hall, which will better serve current and prospective students and their families. The facility will include family meeting rooms, a Student Services “bar,” a conference room, and a reception area that may also be used for university events.
• Athletic Facilities enhancements, include renovating, re-grading, and lighting the baseball field; relocating the softball field; constructing tennis courts; and renovating Canale Arena. These improvements will help student recruitment and retention by providing a higher-quality experience that is more representative of a Division II school.
• An innovative Packaging Institute and Lab Test Center, housed within the newly named Gadomski School of Engineering, which will provide hands-on experience with the kinds of packaging equipment and testing that students are likely to encounter at major local corporations.