TAMIU Sets Special Preview for New University Housing
A special "Sneak Peek" at new residential student housing
at Texas A&M International University will be held on Tuesday, Aug.
10 from 5- 8 p.m. at the east end of University Boulevard.
The new 424-bed Residential Learning Community opens for occupation
Aug. 21 with an impressive facility that includes dedicated undergraduate
coed and same-sex housing, themed floors, computer lab, high-speed internet
and free cable TV, fitness center, laundry facilities, gated security,
swimming pool, and lit basketball courts and volleyball courts.
"It's a remarkable new complex that demonstrates the latest in
student residence thinking and management," said Dr. Tom Corti, vice
president for Student Affairs at TAMIU.
"Quite simply, to use an antiquated reference, it's not your father's
dorm. This is a complete complex that focuses on student success and provides
an environment conducive to learning and incorporating the entire University
experience," Dr. Corti said.
He noted the new housing will provide the University with a much-needed
ability to address housing needs generated by dramatic enrollment growth.
"We've been posting average growths of 10% per semester for some
time. That growth includes both out of town and local students, both groups
that benefit from living on campus," he said.
Of special interest is the use of themed floors which group students
who have common academic interests or majors with others who share their
interests. We created themed floors to help students get the most out
of the residential life experience. The 24-hour Quiet Floor is for students
who are serious about academics and want to live with others who feel
the same. There will be fun times, but the focus is on studying,"
explained Corti, "The Health Professions Floor will put those planning
a future in the medical profession in close proximity. Anyone interested
in the arts will enjoy the Performing Arts Floor, which should resonate
with music, art and theater. A Wellness/Substance Free Floor will group
students who want a healthy lifestyle."
He indicated research shows that students who live on campus have better
academic success and tend to complete their program of study on time and,
sometimes, even faster.
The Sneak Peek will offer special conducted tours and students will
also have an opportunity to sign up for housing and consider their unit.
Refreshments will be served.
This is the second TAMIU student housing complex. The first, University
Village, opened in 1997. It is a 220-bed facility that has been operating
at full capacity for some time.
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