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PSU Students Plug In to Furniture to Power Up Electronics

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University students return to a renovated and expanded Overman student center at Pittsburg State. Part of the sixteen million dollar addition is better access to power through charging stations built into furniture.  A small change that brings big benefits to students.

PSU junior Katie Sauter plugs her laptop into an ottoman. It’s  a power station for all kinds of electronic devices.

Sauter says, "I’ve got my laptop, phone, my ipad." She adds, "I think it’s really important because everything's so electronic and if you don't have a way to connect, you're kind of out of it."

Sauter and Sammie Koelliker live off campus this year so they’re spending more time in the student center. That's also the case for William Hampshire who says, "I love it.  I really do. I’m in here Tuesdays and  Thursdays for three hours or so between classes. So, being able to come in here, actually sit down,  charge everything for the next class to make sure I have  my laptop and everything. To have homework done is awesome."

Sammie agrees, “You can come and work and  not have to worry about things dying and having to run home and getting a parking spot again."

The center director says extra wall outlets were also added but the ottomans are more accessible.

Jeff Steinmiller says, "That way students in multiple seating arrangements can plug in so it’s not just attached to one chair.   It being an ottoman, it  can  have a number of chairs people can access it from."

Dylan Brewer says,  "It’s cool, convenient.   If you want to just relax,  have something to prop your feet on, and you also can be charging at the same time. Pretty cool."

Senior Kayla Engen loves them and  says  finding power in the past was a problem. "You had to search and find places.  If somebody was already sitting there,  it was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to go find someplace else now.’ So this is more like, I can plop down anywhere. It be right there.  I plug in keep studying."

William Hampshire adds, "It helps out. You don't have to stand awkwardly next to someone as they're doing their homework and you're  just like I’m trying to get ten percent on my phone so."

 Steinmiller says, "We are the living room. This is where people  go to hang out and chill out before classes and in between classes, so anything  we can do to make their lives easier so much the better."

Steinmiller  says the university also added pop up power units in  meeting rooms that include outlets for usb, electrical, Ethernet and media connections.

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