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New Commuter Lounge a valuable resource

Space makes campus more like home for commuters

Developing a connection to Ohio University is a challenge for any first-year student, but commuter students face an additional challenge because they don't live on campus.

This challenge was made easier in January, when the Commuter Student Lounge was opened in Bromley Hall. The two-room lounge, which is located on the mezzanine level of Bromley Hall, provides study space, computers, a television, couches and a functional kitchen area for storing food. 

Laura Chapman, assistant dean of University College, is in charge of Commuter and Adult Student Services (CASS), which aims to ease the transition for all commuter students, but specifically reaches out to first-year students.

CASS holds monthly lunches in the lounge and provides a bulletin board in the lounge for students to write and post messages for other students. There is also a quarterly CatChat newsletter that provides relevant information to commuter students.

"The lounge gives them a connection and often that's what is missing for commuters," said Laura Chapman, assistant dean of University College.

Shana Snyder, a commuter student mentor, said the lounge's biggest resource is having the kitchen area to store lunches while going to class.

Snyder, who commutes about 35 minutes from Meigs County, said students can typically be found in the lounge using computers, napping on the couches or eating lunch. She said that although the lounge never becomes too crowded, it still provides a good place for commuter students to connect with one another.

"We don't have dorms to go back to," explained Snyder. "So we made this like a dorm to give commuters what other students have."

For commuter students looking to join CASS or use the new Commuter Student Lounge, registration is free and can be completed by visiting the University College office located in Chubb Hall 140.