Behind Rec Center

TRANSFORM | I would love to see some intergenerational housing built where the married student housing used to be. Academic and professional programs -- such as gerontology, nursing, early childhood education and family and consumer studies -- could be integrated with the people who would occupy such housing. There could be apartment or condo-like housing for seniors, with an activities center that could offer exercise and other daytime activities, along with child-care facilities that could incorporate volunteerism from able-bodied and willing elderly folks, many of whom likely would be retired faculty and staff who still would have some expertise in their areas of study to offer. The housing could segregate the varying ages, physically, so that the elderly and the younger families wouldn't have to worry about or fear the others' lifestyles. Such integrated, intergenerational living would be a blessing for KSU and the larger Kent community.

-Bob Springer