Montana State University

New Family Care Room opens in MSU’s Strand Union Building

October 31, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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A new space where caregivers may tend to infants and mothers can nurse or pump milk for a baby is now available for use in Montana State University’s Strand Union Building.

The Family Care Room is open to all students, faculty, staff and guests of MSU. The space includes a rocking chair, changing station, sink, counter space and several electrical outlets. It is located on the first floor of the SUB, near the entrance to the MSU Bookstore. Funding for the approximately 100-square-foot space comes from the SUB’s operations budget, which includes revenue from lease and retail agreements.

The room is intended to provide support to families and strengthen MSU's work-family balance, according to Chris Kearns, MSU vice president for student success.

“MSU is committed to providing a family-friendly environment, and this room is one way the university supports families,” Kearns said.

People who would like to use the room may do so on a walk-in basis; no reservations are needed. The Family Care Room is available for use anytime the Strand Union Building is open. Regular SUB hours are: Mondays through Thursdays, 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Fridays, 6:30 a.m.-midnight; Saturdays, 8 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, noon-11:30 p.m.

The SUB Family Care Room is the second space of its kind on campus; another Family Care Room, located in 123 Hamilton Hall, opened in October 2010.

For more information, contact Butch Damberger, director of the SUB, at (406) 994-5816 or


Contact: Butch Damberger, (406) 994-5816 or