0 Friday, December 07, 2012

Offices relocate to make room for administration

by Joshua Richardson

Due to a campus-wide shuffle and reconstruction effort, Oklahoma Christian University held an office open house.

Offices at the Heritage Plaza, Enterprise Square, Heritage Village and the Office of Residence Life were displayed on Dec. 3 from 1:00 – 4 :00 p.m. Each office served different foods and gave out door prizes.

“Judy Davis is the one who organized the open house because she thought it would be a great way to bring people into our offices to see where everyone has moved,” Budget and Reporting Analyst Cheryl Cox said. “I [was] very excited about the open house and we [served] refreshments.”

The business office’s new location is on the second story of the Heritage Plaza, and guests were eligible to enter in a drawing to receive a gift basket filled with cranberry pecan muffin mix, cookies, trail mix, pumpkin muffins, fancy jams, almond bark and Starbucks gift cards.

“You [didn’t] need to be present to win and there [was] different foods at each of the locations,” residence life director, Judy Davis, said.

The purpose of the open house was to familiarize students, faculty and staff with the many changes in department structure and location that occurred over the past year.

“It was very nice being located at the center of campus at our old facility, but the building was a bit older and needed to be updated,” Assistant Controller Rory Waide said. “Over here at our new location there’s a nice view and it’s a little different being located at the edge of campus.”

The event was winter-themed to play off of the good feelings of the soon-to-be Christmas season and to associate the open house with a time of giving and thanks.

“The open house is a special holiday-themed event, and who doesn’t love the holidays?” Cox said. “It’s a time of getting ready to be with family and also a time for extra travel.”

Relationships between students and staff were strengthened as they networked with one another and visited around campus.

“I think relationships are significantly important because they add to teamwork here on our campus,” Cox said.

University friends and families anticipate seeing the many changes in not only the department structuring around campus but the buildings themselves.

“I think students cope well with the building that is going on around the campus and that they think it is exciting and they are fine with it as long as it is in their best interest,” Cox said. “I think that good communications is key to letting the students know what’s going on and where they need to go for services.”

Students are encouraged to visit the newly refurbished buildings to better learn about the new changes affecting their campus lives.

“We want all of the students to come and see us,” Davis said. “The whole purpose of this open house is so that the students can come and know where we all are located.”

Students now have easier vehicle access and can drive up to nearly all of the doors of the new locations.

“We have to make sure that not only the students but the families of prospective students can get to us easily,” Davis said. “When you think about the business office, Campus Police, Residence Life, the university clinic and other facilities moving around, we are going to soon be located in the middle of campus too.”

The business office’s cashiering services have now been relocated to the office of financial aid.

“The university services, campus police and the Christian Chronicle [had] a chocolate fountain, fudge and other sweets,” Davis said. “We [gave] away a certificate for a holiday horse-drawn carriage ride and dinner for two in Bricktown.”

Members of campus staff remain optimistic that the change in location of the many offices will benefit their work and the future of prospective students.

“Personally I like the relocation because the offices feel more modern and we are proud to be able to show it off,” Waide said. “We all felt really excited and positive about the move.”

Photo by: Nick Conley

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