Amenities and Offerings
For those individuals cycling to TWU, there is a rack available for student use. If you exit TWU on the Fannin side of the building and turn left, continue to follow the length of the building, and turn left again as if you were walking into the garage. Between the edge of the TWU building and the entrance to the parking garage elevators, there is a bicycle rack on the left. This is strictly for non-motorized cycles. We strongly encourage you to secure your bicycle with a kryptonite lock.
Throughout the year, the building is open and remain accessible for student/faculty/staff use seven days a week, 5:00 a.m. through 12 midnight. Please cooperate with DPS and leave the building at the appointed hour. The officers must make a vigilant walk through of the facility to lock and clear the building of any remaining individuals before their departure at the end of each day. Exceptions include those days the University is closed for holidays, as well as severe weather conditions.
On the first floor, nestled between the stairwell and elevator bank is a small café. It offers sandwiches, salads, muffins, bagels, frozen foods, bottled drinks, coffee and smoothies, snacks, as well as some emergency items like medicine, folders, CDs, and the like. Hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 2:30pm; Saturday hours are dependent on class schedules.
The Mega Computer Lab can be found on the 4th floor in a large room with the number 4123. If you turn right after exiting the elevator bank or coming up the stairs, then walk straight, you will enter right into it.
Gentle Reminder: Out of respect for others working around you, it is requested that you do not use cell phones in the lab, and keep conversations to a minimum. There is also a Hand Sanitizer available to your immediate right upon entry into the lab. Please take a moment and cleanse your hands before using the keyboards. ITS staff has also requested that you make use of the printers wisely. Print on both sides of the page (duplex) when at all possible, and use 6 PowerPoint slides per page to economize your presentation notes for upcoming classes.
Individual computer kiosks are located on each floor between the ’05 Seminar Rooms and the stairwell. These are frequently used to check email in-between classes or during study breaks. There are an additional six computers on the 1st floor across from Enrollment Services (on the Fannin/Holcombe corner of the building) that many people use as they are entering or exiting the facility. Again, these computers have no printers attached to them, and would be used strictly to work on-line.
Three Computer Classrooms have also been constructed for TWU – Houston: 4115, 4310 and 4322. These are kept locked at all times and are only available for scheduled classes with an instructor present.
The Legacy Room on the 8th floor has been designated as an eating space for lunches and snacks. During those times when it has been reserved for other functions, you may find tables and chairs in the corner lounge areas (on the Fannin/Holcombe edge of the building) on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th floors. There are a couple of tables and chairs in the 3rd floor vending area as well. All rooms are now open for food and beverage consumption. However, we ask that you respect the environment at all times, and clean up after yourselves for those using that area after you.
For those times when you need to fax something to offices in Denton or to other sites for school related issues, there is a fax machine available for such purposes in the Student Life Office. Staff in that department will fax the materials for you as necessary.
As one enters the Student Life Suite (#2300), there are shelves of items immediately visible in our Food Pantry. Nutrition is important to concentrate, study, think critically as well as memorize, and we want you to be at your best when you are a TWU student. Plastic bags have been made available to carry some of these non-perishable items home with you. We ask that you always sign the log when using the Food Pantry, and invite you to take some of the information provided (on bookmarks and handouts) to assist in planning your meals for the week. For student parents, infant food is additionally available for the taking.
Both the 3rd and 6th floors offer small ice cubes in rather large grey bins located next to the sinks. Plastic scoops are conveniently placed nearby to use when filling up your container. There is also a crushed ice machine located on the 8th floor in The Legacy Room. This machine is on top of the counter, and would be used for smaller containers (like individual glasses).
Lab Coats and Scrubs for Borrowing
Undergraduate Nursing Students who are in need of scrubs or even a lab coat for a day can choose from many that have been donated over the years in the Student Life Suite (#2300). Please stop by and find your size, then check it out by signing the log at the front desk. We ask that you wash your items before returning them for other students to use.
For new moms, there is a room set aside in the Student Life Suite (#2300) for pumping milk. Electrical outlets are in the room, as well as a small refrigerator to keep the milk cold until one departs for home. A door hanger sign noting “Working Mother” can be used for the outside of the door, and a curtain is also drawn when the room is in use. The refrigerator is additionally stocked with Ensure, just to keep these active moms energized as they make their way through the day.
Two banks of lockers can be found on the 3rd floor directly across from classrooms 3111 and 3115. When a student rents a locker, a lock is also distributed from TWU. A form will be made available at the Student Life Offce for students requesting a locker, noting that the student account will be charged $5.00 for that particular semester. An email will additionally be sent as a gentle reminder to pay the fee at one's earliest convenience. Please be advised that if the fee is not eventually paid, a block will be placed on the student account for an outstanding balance and the account could at some point be turned over to a third party collection agency.
There are three floors with four microwaves each spread throughout the building. On both the 3rd and 6th floors in the vending areas across from the stairwell, there are a total of eight microwaves situated around the sinks in those respective areas. The 8th floor has four industrial strength microwaves for use of students in The Legacy Room.
There are a couple of phones on campus that serve different functions for the student body here in Houston. Please review the following information and make careful note of what to use when, and how to make the best utilization of the facilities.
Please be advised that each floor has two sets of phones mounted in prominent places in the hallways. The beige phone allows you to call TWU – Houston offices using the last four digits of a phone number, as well as other TWU campuses using a campus code along with the last four digits of the phone number. For example, if you were interested in contacting the Houston Student Life Office, you can dial 713-794-2157 from your cell phone, or 2157 from a beige phone. To contact an office like Student Health Services in Denton, a cell phone can be used to dial 940-898-3826. You can also use the beige phone to dial 81-3826 and the tie line will connect you with that Denton Office. The red phone is a direct connection to the DPS in Denton. No digits need to be dialed – there is an immediate response from Security Officers at the Denton site.
There are also two tall blue cylinders directly outside the TWU – Houston building. One is on the Fannin Street side, and the other is on the Old Main/Holcombe side of the building. Pushing the buttons on these cylinders also connects you directly with DPS in Denton.
In the unlikely chance you are stuck in one of the elevators, please be advised that the Emergency Button inside the elevator cab connects you with DPS in Denton. You must describe your location as originating in Houston.
- The one phone number to memorize immediately when you step foot on campus for the first time is 713-794-2222. This is the contact number for DPS and can be used for things ranging from opening rooms to reporting an incident.
Individuals wishing to make copies of materials would need to begin that process by placing funds on their TWU ID badge. This can be done on the 1st floor, next to Enrollment Services, behind the two public restrooms. There is a Value Port Terminal where money can be inserted, and funds are then registered on the card. Photocopier machines are available in that same area on the 1st floor as well as the 4th floor in the Academic Resource Center (ARC), located at the back of the Computer Lab. Our apologies, but the photocopiers can only be used with funds on a TWU ID card; there is no mechanism in place for photocopier use with a money insert.
A Central Receiving Mail Room is located on the first floor, behind Enrollment Services through the wood doors. Items can be placed in the mail for delivery as long as postage is already on the envelope/parcel. Our apologies, but postage is not sold in the Mail Room or any other place on campus.
For individuals committed to prayer throughout the day, there is a room within the Student Life Suite (#2300) along with prayer rugs that is available for use. It is easy to begin your spiritual time. Just close the curtains and place on the outside door handle the hanger sign of “Prayer Time”.
Recycling of Children’s Clothing
On the left wall as one enters the Student Life Suite (#2300), there is a row of plastic bins containing a variety of slightly used children’s clothing. The age range for the clothing includes from birth through 13 years old, and student parents are invited to come at any time to peruse and take items as necessary. We encourage student parents to bring us clothing items that no longer fit their little people, and exchange for a bit larger size. However, at all times we insist on people taking what they need, regardless.
With TWU – Houston being a Commuter Campus, it is usual to bring lunch from home, and sometimes breakfast and dinner to campus. Refrigerators are available for use on the 3rd and 6th floors in the vending areas (across from the stairwell), as well as on the 8th floor in The Legacy Room. A full freezer is also found on the 8th floor and is clearly labeled for those colder food items. We respectfully request that you honor each other in the use of these refrigeration devices and take only that food which belongs to you.
Situated on each floor are hand sanitizers in stands with sensor dispensers. Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to make use of the sanitizers multiple times throughout a given day. Because we are part of the Texas Medical Center community, the likelihood of contagions passing from person to person within not only the TWU building, but among the various medical facilities is high. Please do your part to ensure that your hands are kept as clean as possible with all that you touch while you are in the building. Make it a part of your daily routine!
Formalized study rooms are at a premium here at the Houston site. There are four student study rooms on the 3rd floor: 3110, 3118, 3120 and 3128. People tend to also study in the table/chair lounge areas on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th floors (on the Fannin/Holcombe corner of the building). Additionally the 8thfloor Legacy Room is a large area with tables and chairs, and lends itself easily to both individual and group study. The Academic Resource Center (ARC; located in the back of the Computer Lab on the 4th floor) has another study room and tables. Additionally, the 4th floor Computer Lab has several Collaboration/Study Rooms on the left hand side as you enter the lab area: 4118, 4120, 4122, and 4130.
Students are welcome as well to utilize classrooms when not in use. To help facilitate that process, public computers in the building have been given a Class Schedule icon on their desktop. When accessed, it will allow students to check the availability of classrooms throughout the entire facility to more strategically plan a place to study. Public Computers can be found in the 4th floor Computer Lab, the 1st floor Cyber Café (6 are available), and at individual kiosks on every floor located between the ’05 Seminar Rooms and the stairwells.
Scattered throughout some of the corner student/lounge spaces are TVs for student use. In-between classes as you find yourself wanting to catch up on the news, please feel free utilize one of the TVs on the 1st, 2nd or 4th floors (on the Fannin/Holcombe corner of the building). For your convenience, there is additionally a Multimedia Room on the 8th floor with a large TV screen mounted on the wall. In the Fitness Center, two TVs in opposite top corners of the room can be used during workouts. Have lunch with a stress buster! Remote controls are always close by.
On both the 3rd floor and 6th floor, there is a beverage as well as a snack vending machine. In those rare cases when the machine takes your money without giving you a product, please get with staff in the Cyber Cafe (or Student Life) for a refund.