By Alyssa Seidman
With the last day of classes quickly approaching on April 29, students, faculty, and staff at LIU Post prepare for the end of the semester. However, after finals, senior week, and commencement have wrapped up and most students leave for the summer, the campus will be utilized for other purposes during the summer months.
“We have many residence halls open this summer that will be utilized by our current students enrolled in courses, students attending orientation sessions, and students involved in our many camps and summer programs,” Van Vlerah continued. According to the LIU Post website, on-campus housing is available for all students registered
for summer classes. There are no meal plans offered for the summer session, but meals may be purchased on an a la carte basis in Hillwood Commons. The Winnick Student Center will be closed for all summer sessions.
From “May 16 through September, several of our residence halls will be used for summer conference rentals,” Hayes said. “In July and August, we will also host a series of Summer Honors Institute for High School Seniors,” she added. This program (now in its second year) allows graduating high school students the chance to gain educational experience in one of four fields of study (Creative Writing, Gaming Design and Development, Fashion Merchandising, and Entrepreneurship), and work closely with faculty mentors on hands-on projects and field trips. All accepted students receive free tuition and housing. Each program is a weeklong intensive. For more information, visit http://www.liu.edu/shi/summer-honors.html.
Many building renovations and facilities projects are planned for the summer months, as well. As reported in the March 26 issue of The Pioneer, the campus’ stadium is undergoing renovations, which are due for completion by the Fall 2014 semester.
“We will be replacing the front doors of the Winnick Center to a more dependable system that will cost less [money] to maintain, since the electric sliding doors are constantly breaking. This system is similar to the entrance doors in Hillwood,” said William Kirker, the director of Facilities Services. “We will also be renovating the Gold Coast Lounge [in Winnick] into a new convenient type [of] store called the POD express, like the one in Life Sciences. Aramark will be operating the store,” Kirker added.
He continued, “We will be continuing to replace fume hoods in the labs of Pell Hall. Two more are scheduled for this summer. In the speech building, we will have two classrooms renovated into one new space to accommodate the growing demands. Also, a storage area in
the lower level of Riggs Hall will become a practice room for the new wrestling team. The Pratt Center will get a new dehumidification system for the pool area, and the tennis courts will be completed this spring/ summer; we are just waiting for some warmer weather for the final coatings to be applied.”
The LIU Post campus has been host to summer youth camps for 19 seasons. “We do a regular summer day camp and a performing arts academy,” said Nickolette Kacharaba, the director of Youth Programs at LIU Post. “Both of these programs employ any Post students that would like to apply, and the performing arts academy also employs actual faculty members,” she added. About 30 percent of the staff is comprised of Post students, according to Kacharaba.
“Our summer day camp program is not just about having fun, it’s also an educational experience for our students that work and live on campus,” Kacharaba said. “If you are thinking about being a teacher, there is no better way than coming and checking out our camp. It is a great opportunity for those that are learning about teaching to come and be able to really get the hands-on education that they need.”
The library will continue to operate on standard hours (8
a.m. – 10 p.m.), but will be closed some Sundays. The Pratt building will be open as well from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., but the aquatic center hours are variable. A schedule for new pool hours will be posted on the LIU website in early May.
The Student Body clothing boutique and Post Treat Shoppe in Hillwood Commons will be closed for the season. “As of
now, we will be closing the businesses for renovations and additions during the summer,” said Tamir Dayya, Special Projects Coordinator for Student Life. There is no word yet on whether Hillwood’s eateries (the End Zone, Starbucks, Subway, and the café) will have altered hours of operation. A representative from the Campus Concierge said there will be a schedule for all venues posted on the website soon.