BEND, OR -- OSU-Cascades reopens Tuesday after staff spent the long weekend moving. Christine Coffin, with the university, says packing up Cascades Hall at the COCC campus and moving into OSU’s new independent campus in Bend, was no simple task. "It was the planning that was really key because we want that transition to be seamless, particularly for our students. We want to make sure when students arrive, all of the staff are ready to serve them and get them ready for their classes."
Coffin tells KBND News the new Tykeson Hall features modern labs, various classrooms and offices, "And, there is a learning common space, which is the beginning of what will eventually be a library. It’s a place where students can gather, study and perhaps work in teams." Residential students move in the weekend of September 17, and for now, they’ll remain at Central Oregon Community College. Coffin says OSU-Cascades’ residence and dining halls won’t be ready until at least January.
While registration and many fall activities will remain similar to past years, Coffin says students should be excited about the changes to come. "Their entire experience will feel different. There will be an opportunity to build school spirit and pride, a little more flexibility in how we use the building and how the students and faculty use the grounds surrounding the building, too."
A grand opening celebration is planned for September 13; fall term begins on September 21.