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University of Charleston Campus Projects Enhance Student Life

Improvements include an outdoor recreation area, a new dining hall and a virtual reality lab.

By Livability on October 28, 2022

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Courtesy of University of Charleston

Located along the Kanawha River, the University of Charleston boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state — with an iconic riverfront lawn offering the city’s best view of West Virginia’s impressive state capitol. 

With the financial support of grants and donor contributions, the UC campus continues to evolve to create a welcoming experience for prospective and current students, alumni, employees and the community. University leaders are committed to building upon and preserving the beauty of the campus for generations to come. 

The 2021 renovation of the Boat House, the oldest structure on campus, created a center with open-air activities for students, including bicycles, helmets, paddleboards, kayaks, life jackets, fishing equipment and lawn games. The venue is also available for entertainment events. 

“Due to tremendous donor support, this year there are many exciting projects underway,” says University of Charleston President Marty Roth. “Highlights include completion of an outdoor recreation area featuring new beach volleyball, basketball and pickleball courts; a new healthcare simulation center including a new nursing station, manikins, anatomy tables and radiology imaging equipment; and the creation of a virtual reality lab that will incorporate 3-D imaging in anatomy and physiology, radiology and other content areas. And, last but not least, complete redesigns of our student union dining facilities are underway that will expand the number of food stations, offer fresh grab-and-go items and hot beverages, provide pre-ordering of to-go meals and create expanded student lounge and multiuse space.” 

The dining hall project will convert the first floor of the Geary Student Union into the main dining facility.

A highlight of the new life sciences equipment allows for immersive anatomy, physiology and radiology instruction in the classroom. 

“These projects will certainly enhance the student, faculty, and staff experiences at UC,” Roth concludes. “Continuing to evolve our Charleston and Beckley campuses is always a top priority as we focus on helping students achieve their personal and professional goals.” 

To learn more about the University of Charleston, visit ucwv.edu

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