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 Tuesday, April 24, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Bear Creek residents realize the convenience of campus
By Melanie O. Massengale, mailing services

On-campus residency has been reinvented at the Bear Creek Apartments, according to Deb Coffin and Kambiz Khalili, director and deputy director of Housing and Dining Services.

"Our motto for Bear Creek is: 'the convenience of on campus living with the independence of off campus,'" Coffin said. Effective Jan. 1, 2006, Housing acquired management of the facility from American Campus Communities, the private firm that had overseen the buildings since their construction in 2003. CU-Boulder currently is in the process of purchasing Bear Creek, which houses upperclassmen, from the CU Foundation.  

The difference for students is "a more seamless housing experience," according to Coffin. "Under CU management, Bear Creek now has campus phone service through ITS so that students can dial just the last five digits to another campus number, and by using Housing Facilities Services for maintenance, we get quicker responses for repairs," Khalili said. "Our Student Voice Surveys so far have been pretty positive and we are close to full occupancy."

Bear Creek offers both nine and 12-month leases, permitting students to leave for the summer with the assurance they will still have housing for fall. Vacant units are rented for conferences and have proven to be much more attractive to professionals and business people than the traditional residence halls. Moreover, everything is packaged in the monthly rent, including utilities, high speed internet access, cable television and phone. "We wanted to identify student needs, and be able to deliver these services," said Coffin, "while at the same time creating a more independent living experience than offered in the typical residence hall."

Callie Zanandrie, a senior broadcast journalism major and the resident director at Bear Creek, agrees. "It is a good transition from campus, a stepping stone toward being on your own," she said. "I lived in Farrand as a freshman, and it is quieter here. Students are more serious, more mature, and are treated as adults." Zanandrie also liked the changes implemented by Housing: "Maintenance calls are answered quickly since Housing Facilities Services has more resources," she said. She would gladly recommend Bear Creek to her friends. "There is a sense of community—I really get to know people."

Breanna Sheldon is a senior in psychology and pre-health who has enjoyed Bear Creek's amenities for three years, including its recreation center, access to the Buff Bus, and the all-inclusive rent. "I have really enjoyed living at Bear Creek. It is very safe and the facilities are well kept. The worst thing about Bear Creek is that the walls are pretty thin, but I guess that is true in any apartment situation," she said. "My favorite thing is the convenience." For more information about Bear Creek Apartments, visit the website.


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