Students on the Jasper Campus of Bevill State Community College received a special welcome to the Fall Semester with a renovation to the Jesse Student Center. The renovation was made possible through support and $10,000 in funding from the Walker College Foundation.
According to Penne Mott, dean of Health Sciences, the Foundation provided funds to purchase new furniture, renovate the flooring, paint, install new lighting and redecorate the entire Center.
“Our goal was to create a more attractive space that would be welcoming to students on the Jasper Campus. We could not be more pleased with the outcome of the project, and we are very thankful to the support the Foundation has provided,” said Mott. “I want to especially thank Walker College Board Member Becky Tracy and architect and interior designer Cheryl Mullen, who is also a Walker College alumnus, for coordinating the project.”
As with any older building, the Center needed considerable updating and renovation to create an environment that was attractive and useful to students.
“We continue to focus on the student experience at Bevill State. Projects like the renovation of the Jesse Student Center on the Jasper Campus is a prime example of how we are addressing the enhancement of our students’ needs,” said Dr. Larry Ferguson, president of Bevill State.
“I want to thank the Walker College Foundation leadership, Dean Mott, and all those who had a role in making this project such a success.”
The improvements to the Student Center have already met with approval from the students. In the short time since the semester has started, use of the space has increased. Additional enhancements for the Center are already being planned.
“We want to continue to make this the center of student life on the Jasper Campus. We plan to listen to the students and keep improving the Center based on their needs for the space,” said Mott.
The Jesse Center, which also houses the campus bookstore, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays.