Cameron University to convert Shepler offices to residential suites

Cameron University plans to convert one floor of North Shepler, the University's traditional residence hall, to residential suites later this year, President Cindy Ross announced today following the monthly meeting of the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. During the meeting, the Board of Regents approved room rates for the forthcoming suites, which will be completed in time for occupancy this fall.

"Adding residential suites in one of the Shepler towers allows us to respond to the needs of our students," says Jennifer Holland, Dean of Student Services. "While some students thrive in Shepler's traditional dorm room configuration, others prefer an apartment-like setting. Depending on student demand for the suites, more residential floors might be renovated at a future date."

The rooms identified for renovation into suites currently house the CU School of Business faculty, who will move into the new Business Building in May 2009. Those offices will be reconfigured and transformed into 10 residential suites which will accommodate two to four students each.  

The suites will contain two, three or four bedrooms in addition to a common living room. Every room in a suite will have cable TV and unlimited high-speed internet access as well as a phone line. Bedrooms will be furnished with a bed, desk and dresser. The living room for each suite will be furnished with a sofa, easy chair, coffee and end tables and entertainment unit.

Students living in the Shepler residential suites will purchase a CU meal plan that provides dining options in the Shepler cafeteria, the Student Union, the Aggie Grill and Campus Brew. Meals plans for the 2009-2010 academic year range from $986 to $1088 per semester.

 Rates per person per semester for the residential suites will be:

  • Shepler - 4 person, 4 bedroom suite $800
  • Shepler - 3 person, 3 bedroom suite $900 (small bedroom)
  • Shepler - 3 person, 3 bedroom suite $1,100 (large bedroom)
  • Shepler - 2 person, 2 bedroom suite $1,200

"It's important to note that these rates apply only to the new residential suites in North Shepler," Ross says. "We are sensitive to the current economic climate, so we will not be raising housing rates for traditional dorm rooms in the Shepler Center or at Cameron Village. Holding those rates at their current level is consistent with Cameron's commitment to keep a quality college education accessible."

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January 28, 2009
PR#09-008