New Year Brings New Amenities to Northwest

New Year Brings New Amenities to Northwest

Northwest Missouri State University spent the summer renovating its dining hall and adding new technology.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Northwest Missouri State University spent the summer making serious renovations, and adding new technology.

The pilot tablet program allows 90 students, including freshmen and students in the senate, to test a Microsoft notebook.

"We want to see if the students find this device to work for a vast majority of their needs, said" Roger Von Holzen

"As a university, as a whole, as well as this department, has realized that we need to move forward if we want to stay relevant," said Cody Uhing.

Textbooks and laptops are included with tuition, but the university is hoping the tablet will become a better resource.

"The one that they chose, has good hardware and it's small and compact. So, it's easy to carry around," said Uhing.

The tablets are also easy to bring to the new dining area on campus, which includes Chick-Fil-A, Einstein Bagels and Starbucks.

Students who live on campus can buy an all-access food plan that allows them to dine seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m.

The renovations took three months, and Matt Baker said he is excited the students can get what they need, when they want.

"We know college students today have choices. And it's kind of fun to watch them smile as they walk in and say, this is cool," said Matt Baker.

Faculty said the university is piloting the new notebook and food plan to meet the students' needs and focus on the students' success.

The University will decide if they want to permanently add the tablets in the spring.

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