Release date: July 6, 2012
SCOOBA – Another year brings another anchor facility to East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus as the opening of the school’s new 41,250-square-foot Student Union coincides with the beginning of the fall semester.
Following the precedent set last fall with the opening of New Sullivan-Windham Field, which kicked off an eventual NJCAA national championship football season for the Lions, EMCC administrators expect the $6.6 million Student Union to drastically change the atmosphere on the Scooba campus.
“The rural atmosphere of the Scooba campus is beautiful, and students are able to focus on their studies in a quiet setting. But amenities like a grill to grab a bite to eat after hours, or a place to wait for your next class or simply gather to socialize have been missing,” EMCC President Dr. Rick Young said.
“This new Student Union will make a big difference in the lives of our students. It’s also a chance to welcome the community onto our campus, for everything from large events in the cafeteria space to club meetings in one of our special events spaces.”
Dr. Paul Miller, vice president of EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus and construction supervisor, said the rapid recent expansion at EMCC is the result of years of discipline as an institution.
“In the past, community colleges received an annual allocation from the state Legislature for capital improvements and renovations. We stashed ours away for a number of years, not spending any of it,” Miller said.
“It took awhile, but we finally saved enough to ‘match’ those state allocations and build a Student Union. But I’m not sure what will happen in the future. This year, the Legislature did not allocate money for the Capital Improvements and Renovation Fund for community colleges, so there is no new funding. We’re hopeful that they will be able to re-establish the fund next year.”
Like a number of EMCC buildings, the new Scooba Student Union was designed by Pryor & Morrow Architects of Columbus. Another Student Union, for the Golden Triangle campus, is in the planning stages.
EMCC’s fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 20. Final registration is Aug. 16-17. For more information, call
the Scooba campus at (662) 476-5000 or the Golden Triangle campus at (662) 243-1900.
In the meantime, here are some details about the new Scooba Student Union’s spaces:
- Student Commons: Visitors will enter into the Commons, a 4,270-square-foot open space featuring seating areas, game tables and television screens. The flat-screen TVs will be tuned to MTV-U but will also display EMCC announcements. Casual furniture will include couches, chairs and benches to seat 30 and enough dining space to seat 24. “It’s a student-friendly environment they can call their own,” Young said. “It’s a place to gather and socialize.”
- Grill: Opening directly onto to the Commons, a short-order grill will offer fast food during the Union’s hours of operation. The Grill cashier will accept cash or can scan student ID cards for students with Flex Dollar accounts.
- Book Store: Also opening directly onto the Commons, 2,410 square feet are devoted to the new campus book store. In addition to offering required texts for EMCC classes, the book store will sell official EMCC merchandise. The Book Store cashier will accept cash or can scan student ID cards for students with Flex Dollar accounts.
- Convenience Store: Adjacent to the Grill is a 450-square-foot Convenience Store which will be stocked with daily-need items such as over-the-counter medicines, laundry detergent and stationery. The Convenience Store is intended to save students a trip off campus to purchase common needs. The Convenience Store cashier will accept cash or can scan student ID cards for students with Flex Dollar accounts.
- Cafeteria: Near the Commons, the new campus Cafeteria covers 6,720 square feet with seating for more than 250, not including more than 100 additional seats available in the outdoor dining areas. It will feature four food stations offering a variety of dining options. The Cafeteria cashier will accept cash or can scan student ID cards for students with Flex Dollar accounts.
- Special Event Rooms: Between the Cafeteria and the Commons is a 2,170-square-foot Special Event area available for private events, small groups and study groups that will also serve as overflow seating for the cafeteria. The Special Event area can be bisected by an operable partition to create two areas or opened as one large area.
- Wellness Center: Accessible from the loading area behind the Union, the Wellness Center will feature cardio and weight training equipment.
- Computers/WiFi: Visitors to the Union will have access to EMCC’s wireless Internet via their mobile devices. A small cluster of computers will also be available to students along a hallway off the Commons area.
The new Student Union on EMCC's Scooba campus will open at the beginning of the fall semester.
The $6.6 million building will feature the Commons, which is an area for students to gather, as well as
a cafeteria, short-order grill, book store
and convenience store.
For more photos & details:
Visit this link, Student Unions,
in the Campus Life section, under
Current & Future Students