february 12, 2003


Northwestern Students Head for E-Scape

An idea generated by the First Lady of Northwestern Oklahoma State University has turned into one of the most popular places for students on campus.

The Ranger E-Scape Café, which consists of a new cyber-center, lounge area and café, recently celebrated its grand opening at a reception attended by students, faculty and staff. Since its opening, the Ranger E-Scape Café has become a popular gathering place for students to surf the Internet, watch television, eat a meal, grab a snack or simply just hang out.
First Lady Janice Beran was the driving force behind the creation of the café. Upon arriving at Northwestern in 2001, she noticed an underutilized Student Center.

Beran formed a committee of students and employees and went to work to transform a portion of the Student Center into the Ranger E-Scape Café. The result is a more inviting area for students with a fully equipped cyber-center, a large screen television lounge with modern furniture and new décor throughout the food court.

“It’s real exciting to see more activity in the Student Center,” Beran said. “The Internet has become one of the most important communication tools for today’s college students, so it seemed natural to provide a place like this for our students.”

In addition to the physical improvements to the Student Center, the facility has extended its operating hours to serve as a true central gathering place for students.

Story Contact: Steve Valencia, 580.327.8478