Freshman village work begins at WKU

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-Fences at Western Kentucky University and a dorm with no windows. What does this mean? A village is coming, a first-year village.

As part of a 10-year $48-million plan funded by the WKU Student Life Foundation, a freshman village will be placed in the lower area of campus giving the freshman a new experience. WKU director of media relations Bob Skipper said he’s looking forward to upgrading the campus.

“We’re excited about it. This gives us a new option in our housing portfolio. It is specifically designed to put students together that have like interests and provide them some additional resources to get them involved in university life beyond just the classroom,” Skipper said.

The freshman village will include amenities like common areas and recording studios. Some dorms are being torn down to make room for the two buildings with pod style housing. Rising junior at WKU Will Naylor said he would have liked to have had a freshman village during his starting years.

“I think it’s going to make a lot of the freshman be able to interact with each other. When I was a freshman, I wasn’t able to do that stuff,” Naylor said.

While it will take a while to get the village ready, some can’t wait to see the results.

“I’d say that it actually looks pretty neat. I’m excited to see what it looks like on campus,” Naylor said.

With another addition to WKU, Skipper said the village will make the campus look even better.

“I think it’ll be very attractive to our incoming students, and it’s a good recruitment tool,” Skipper said.

With the student’s enjoyment in mind, WKU is ready to keep this plan rolling.

“This was just a terrific example of being able to take advantage of an opportunity to put something in place that’ll be very helpful for us and recruiting and retaining students,” Skipper said.