The Pryor Times

January 7, 2014

RSU expands in Pryor

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — A dedication for Pryor's new 38,400 square-foot Rogers State University Campus is scheduled today.

The project, costing an estimated $10 million, more than doubled the size of the existing campus. The new, two-story facility is located in the MidAmerica Industrial Park.

“The new building is larger, more than double the size of the current Pryor facility. It will provide students and faculty with more and expanded learning facilities, and also positions the university to add additional classes and programs as demand warrants. We will be working closely with business and industry, especially those at the park, to provide classes and programs that meet the region's workforce development needs,” said David Hamby, RSU Director of Public Relations.

The new campus features classrooms, computer labs, science labs, a library, student lounge, food service and dining facilities, bookstore, meeting rooms and a 150-seat auditorium to be used for classroom use and the general public.

“The RSU campus in Pryor has historically served both traditional students just entering college or adult learners returning to school after working in business or industry. RSU in Pryor has a distinguished track record for serving as a gateway for students seeking an associate degree or a bachelor's degree, either by exclusively attending RSU Pryor or combining traditional classes with RSU's pioneering distance learning program,” said Hamby.

Through a combination of on-ground and online classes, students can earn one of five bachelor degrees or 11 associate degrees from the Pryor campus, he said.

“While the facility may have changed addresses, the Pryor campus will continue to maintain its small, closely-knit academic community that helps students succeed and make a smooth transition into a university environment,” said Hamby.

RSU is home to numerous student organizations, clubs and activities at the main campus in Claremore. Other RSU campuses house both sororities and fraternities as well as religious groups, political groups and academic groups. The Claremore campus, for example, is home to a Student Broadcasting Association, Student Theater Association, Student Veteran Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, Biology Club, Criminal Justice Society and many more.

“As for student activities, the new campus will allow us facilities to use for adding clubs and activities based on student demand,” said Hamby. “We are hoping to develop in the near future a volunteer program to serve in the community, as well as a student activity board that would plan and implement activities for the Pryor campus.”

During the upgrade RSU has kept security and student safety in mind.

“The university has maintained police officers dedicated to the Pryor campus, and will continue to do so in the new building,” said Hamby. “Campus safety is always a top-of-mind issue for the university, and the new facility has the necessary safety precautions to protect students and campus visitors, including security lighting and other preventative measures.”

Classes in the new facility are scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 13.