U of C facility to open in fall
Whether it’s a hole in their tooth, a knot in their back or a void in their diet, University of Calgary students will have a fresh spot to turn for their wellness needs when the bell rings on a new semester next fall.
The $1.4 million joint venture between the university and its student union, which opens its doors in September, will bring an equivalent of six full-time physicians and an additional 1,500 square feet of space, four new exam rooms, as well as dental services to the university, in an effort to make their health services a much more well-rounded affair, said student’s union president Julie Bogle.
"Being healthy is a vital part of going to school and managing stress is of utmost importance," said Bogle, adding this is the first time in Canada a university and their student union has worked so closely on such a venture.
Psychiatric services will also be available, counselling and massage therapy, along with nutritionists and a chaplaincy, it should prove to be a single source outlet for any physical or mental ailments the university’s students may endure.
The student union’s contribution, $700,000, will come from their Quality Money program, which defers part of the university’s tuition back over to the students, who then decide, in the form of a survey at the school year’s outset, where and how they want it spent.
"There wasn’t really an outcry for something like this — the big issues remain affordability, class spaces and maintenance — but students have certainly expressed a need to address security and health on campus," Bogle said.