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Veterinary Medicine

Study space for first-year veterinary students overhauled this summer

July 28, 2014
by Rachel Griess

First-year veterinary students at Colorado State University divide most of their waking hours among three places in the Anatomy Building on campus: the anatomy laboratory, an adjacent classroom and a warren of study cubicles, widely known as "the cubes."

Construction is under way on new and improved 'cubes' for first-year veterinary students.When 138 new veterinary students start fall semester on Aug. 25, they will find completely remodeled cubes with features that befit a digital age and encourage effective teamwork.

The remodel project, which began in June, is budgeted at $904,000. Funding for the renovation comes from CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program tuition and fees.

The 43-year-old cubicles – updated for the first time – occupy about 5,000 square feet. The overhaul includes: more space for larger student gatherings, along with new furniture, white boards, appliances, flooring, power upgrades, security cameras, fresh paint and a tech bar with laptop plug-ins.

New windows allow for more natural sunlight to flow through the study space.“These changes will help provide a more comfortable experience for our first-year students,” said Dr. Melinda Frye, associate dean of veterinary academic and student affairs, who used the cubes herself as a CSU veterinary student. “The cubes are a great place to bring people together, and we’re very pleased to provide a fresh and inviting environment for students.”

Also undergoing renovation is the lobby of the Anatomy Building, with improvements again aimed at providing a more inviting and comfortable academic environment.

Outdated restrooms also are undergoing complete renovation with funding of $164,000 allotted by the central CSU Administration.

“We have held student forums and listened to suggestions in order to make this space more conducive to learning in one of the nation’s top veterinary teaching programs,” said Bob Kaempfe, director of environmental health and safety for the college.

Such updates are important, college leaders agreed, to continue recruiting top students to the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.