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Eagle Ridge experiencing its first waiting list

July 23, 2017

One of the three Eagle Ridge housing units at Chadron State College, July 2017. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College) One of the three Eagle Ridge housing units at Chadron State College, July 2017. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)
Each of the three Eagle Ridge housing units at Chadron State College has a lounge where students can relax and study. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College) Each of the three Eagle Ridge housing units at Chadron State College has a lounge where students can relax and study. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)

CHADRON – It may have taken three years, but the newest of Chadron State College’s residence halls is noticing a surge in its popularity.

Eagle Ridge opened in the fall of 2014 to a lukewarm reception from students, but recently that perception has changed. For the first time in its short history, there is a waiting list of students who want to live at Eagle Ridge.

“Eagle Ridge was rolled out in 2014 but students didn’t really take to it,” Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, Austen Stephens said. “However, after a couple years of a lot of departments working together for a common goal, Eagle Ridge’s amenities improved and students are lining up to live there.”

Stephens said two big reasons why students are choosing Eagle Ridge are recent improvements to its landscape and improved wireless internet access.

“We are also excited because Eagle Ridge will only continue to get better. Eventually, we will add other amenities, including a basketball and volleyball court and possibly even a community building that will improve the area,” he said.

Eagle Ridge consists of three apartment-style buildings on the eastern edge of Chadron State’s campus. Each building has six apartments to accommodate three or four people with private bedrooms and common living spaces. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, dresser, desk and chair. There is also a community lounge, laundry facilities and an open outdoor deck at each building. In all, 69 students live in the three buildings.

Alumnus Kirby Krogman was among the first group of students to live in Eagle Ridge. One of the main appeals to Krogman, as well as other students, is they get the opportunity to live with friends and have a shared living space.

“I liked the privacy, enjoyed the communal living room and the kitchenette was handy,” Krogman said. “I moved in with a group of friends and the privacy of both my specific room and the building’s remote location attracted me to live there.”

Assistant Director of Residence Life Kale Lytle, who was responsible for both Brooks Hall and Eagle Ridge last year, said Eagle Ridge’s living environment is attractive to students.

“After a bit of a slow start, Eagle Ridge is on the rise. There isn’t a lot of foot traffic out there and so it’s quiet. If you want to study in peace, there’s not a lot going on outside of your room,” Lytle said. “Students also like the privacy and the ability to live with their friends.”

Lytle said it was challenging at times to live in Brooks Hall and monitor Eagle Ridge. But he said proper organization and capable Resident Advisors helped.

“I did a lot of walking back and forth, but that’s part of the job. Initially, the mail system was a bit confusing but we worked with the Mail Room and we have a good system set up now. Eagle Ridge really takes care of itself. The students out there want the quiet atmosphere to begin with and so there aren’t a lot of issues to deal with out there,” he said.

Lytle added Eagle Ridge can also be a positive tool in student retention for upperclassmen and transfer students.

“If you’re an older student who has friends coming to CSC, it’s a great place to live. You can be around people who are already familiar with campus and it’s a good environment to live,” he said. “Eagle Ridge with its apartment-based living eases the transition of moving to a new place for students.”

—Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations

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