Completing your degree on a physical campus grants you several advantages. At National University’s Illinois campus, you have access to graduate-level facilities designed to allow students to make the most of their time. In addition to club activities, guest lectures and other events, the campus itself offers many opportunities to gain exposure and interact with students in other health care programs.
In the last decade, the university has made a long list of renovations and improvements to further enhance our campus. Here are just a few of the most popular activities you should check out next time you’re on campus.
Work out at the new state-of-the-art Fitness Center
In November 2020, NUHS renovated and expanded its fitness center in the Student Center. The new fitness center features the addition of state-of-the-art equipment, a spin room and stretching room. Included in the renovation were updated bathrooms with private showers and a spacious locker room.
While the fitness center was closed for a large part of the pandemic, upon its recent reopening, it has been more popular than ever.
Some of the state-of-the-art equipment includes cardio machines integrated with a number of apps such as Netflix, Spotify, Facebook and Instagram. The machines also allow users to access trainer expertise digitally and assign workouts inside and outside of the fitness center. A full library of instructional exercise videos, programmed workouts and virtual workout locations are available as well.
“The fitness center is an important part of campus that helps foster both wellness and community,” said NUHS President Joseph P.D. Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC. “We welcome students, staff and faculty to take advantage of all the amenities it offers.”
Join a work party at the NUHS Botanical Garden
The botanical garden has brought students together to share in their passion for plants and medicine for 10 years. With over 40 different plant varieties, the hands-on garden helps students better understand the plants they’re learning in class. Working in the garden is also a great way for students to relieve stress after a long week of schoolwork.
In the spring and summer, the garden is always in need of volunteers to participate in monthly work parties, where students perform pruning, weeding, watering and other tasks.
This year, students have plans to expand the garden with new plants. They have already started the process of growing seedlings indoors, which will be planted once the last frost passes in late May.
Connect with other students at the Eagles Nest
Named in honor of the university’s official mascot, the Eagle Nest is one of the best places on campus to relax and socialize between classes or participate in a group study session. Built in 2015, the Eagle’s Nest is located in Janse Hall next to the campus store, where students can purchase snacks and coffee.
Other features of The Eagle’s Nest include vending machines, microwave ovens, dry-erase boards, outlets for charging tech devices, both bar height and regular tables, and a wide variety of seating styles to choose from.
Explore the latest technology by visiting the Anatomage Table
Checking out the Anatomage Table at the John F. Winterstein Library is a fun and interactive way to learn about the human body using the latest technology. National University is among an elite group of health science institutions that owns a state-of-the-art Anatomage Table. Today it is one of the most technologically advanced digital visualization systems for anatomy education. There are fewer than 100 tables in the US, and only 300 in the world.
In addition to hands-on dissection with real cadavers in our anatomy laboratory, you can access the Anatomage Table as a study tool. About the size of an operating table, the Anatomage software offers:
- High quality interactive, multi-layered 3D renderings of real data from human specimens. Images can be cut and viewed along any plane, enlarged or rotated on any axis for better viewing.
- A digital library that includes over one hundred twenty pathological examples, allowing students to not only dissect normal gross anatomy, but also experience abnormal pathologies.
- A radiology workstation to upload patient images for radiology consultation, surgery case review, patient consultation, and research purposes as well as anatomy education.
- 4D scans allow students to visualize respiration and beating heart scans with full interactivity. Users can even cut into and manipulate the scans while retaining motion capabilities.
Grab lunch on Food Truck Fridays
Starting in 2014, Food Truck Fridays is a popular tradition that continues to bring together the NUHS community. On select Fridays during the spring, summer and fall, students can grab lunch from various food trucks that park on the drive between Janse Hall and Lake Janse. There are also several spots around Lake Janse to sit and enjoy your lunch with friends.
In addition to having a wide range of tools to help supplement your classroom learning experience, NUHS offers many opportunities to socialize and have fun. When you’re on campus next, make sure you take advantage of all these popular activities that NUHS has to offer.