Most Quincy University students are set to arrive on campus throughout the weekend of August 15-17, but they won't be alone. Many students—including seasonal athletes, marching band participants, and Welcome Weekend delegates--are already settled into their respective residence halls. The campus will welcome first-year students beginning August 15 and all other students two days later.
Returning students will notice a series of positive upgrades and additions throughout the university designed to improve students’ classroom and extracurricular successes throughout their college careers and to better prepare them for opportunities after graduation.
Quincy University’s most notable addition is that of the new Student Success Center (SSC) housed on the lower level of Brenner Library, adjacent to Qyo Sweet Treats Café. The SSC, funded entirely through an anonymous grant, includes centers through which students can receive specialized academic support in writing and math as well as supplemental instruction in a range of other, historically challenging, subjects. The facility will also include a state-of-the-art computer lab for student use. In addition, QU’s flourishing Career Services department will be part of the new “Center for Professional Excellence” within the facility. Career Services assists students in researching internships, finding jobs, preparing for the interview process, and networking with area professionals. The department also operates QU’s growing study abroad program, which helps students seek international experience and encourages students to find scholarship opportunities to do so. Exercise Science senior Alana Viken was recently awarded the nationally prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study Tropical Ecology at Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica this summer.
“We are excited about the SSC, and deeply thankful to the anonymous grantors, because the SSC will make new ways of learning achievable for our students; engage them early in exciting career and professional discoveries; encourage them to develop crucial skills, such as collaboration and communication, through contemporary digital technologies,” Dr. Soumitra Ghosh, QU’s Dean of Academic Support Services, said. “With peer tutoring and supplemental instruction available in almost all subjects taught at QU, students will receive extensive academic support, as they are challenged by our faculty to rise to higher ways of learning.”
Quincy University’s North Campus received a series of renovations to its science facilities thanks in large part to a $2 million gift made by an anonymous donor in September of 2013. Renovations include a total of eight all new science laboratories complete with modern technology and research equipment. Labs will be utilized by science majors and non-majors. The renovation also includes a student study area.
“We are very excited to have updated labs, the creation of a new faculty/student research lab, and the addition of the new common areas to the North Campus facilities,” Dr. Lee Enger, Chair of QU’s Division of Science and Technology said. “The new spaces will benefit the students, as well as the faculty, providing updated technology, new sleek lab environments, a place to get a bite to eat between classes, and a space to study and do homework or some last minute cramming. The renovations at North Campus will no doubt strengthen our QU community and embellish the education of QU students.”
Students frequenting the North Campus facilities will, for the first time, have access to a snack bar serving food and drinks on site. With the addition of the café, Quincy University is now home to four on-campus dining options for students including the cafeteria, Hawks’ Hangout, and Qyo Sweet Treats.
Lastly, the university’s Health and Fitness Center, now in its 15th year, refinished the three-court basketball surface including the refinishing of the two wooden courts and the replacement of the rubber court. The facilities are open to both students and the public. Fans of QU basketball and volleyball will also notice that the four-panel scoreboard hanging above Pepsi Arena has been replaced by two 8’ by 13’ video monitors hung at both the east and west sides of the arena. New scoreboards were installed on both ends of the arena as well.
This school year also marks the first year of recruiting for Quincy University’s new women’s swim team which begins competition in 2015. The program will compete under the leadership of swim coach Rachel Schlatter who joined the QU coaching staff in July. Schlatter previously served as head coach of the Kansas City Blazers swim team from Shawnee Mission, Kansas. QU will be the ninth school within the Great Lakes Valley Conference to sponsor a women’s swimming team.
“The exciting part for me is starting a program from scratch,” Schlatter said. “We can make the program what we want it to be. We will make this program successful by bringing in high quality student-athletes both in the pool and in the classroom.”
Quincy University is proud to announce that this year’s spring-to-fall retention, or percentage of eligible students returning full time to QU, exceeds 80 percent. Quincy University's full time student retention sits at approximately 10 percentage point higher than the national average for annual retention, which is approximately 70 percent. The significantly higher number of full time students returning to Quincy University shows that students who join the QU family persist and thrive here, and demonstrates a real point of pride for the university.
"We're very pleased that an increasing percentage of Quincy University students are persisting in their QU education, well above the national average,” Robert Gervasi, QU President, said. “This success is testimony not only to our ongoing improvements in campus facilities but also to the commitment of the entire QU community to provide personal attention and educational excellence for each student."
Official enrollment numbers will be released after this semester’s add/drop date.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.