Representatives from two furniture distributors displayed examples
of their products to University of Southern Mississippi students,
faculty and staff Monday during a presentation at the R.C. Cook
University Union. University officials are considering purchasing
new furniture to improve classrooms, faculty offices and conference
rooms, among other areas.
of Chromcraft in Senatobia and Mike Kuykendal of Commercial Business
Interiors of Hattiesburg explained the advantages of their products,
which included examples of student chairs, tablet-arm chairs, instructor
chairs, conference room chairs and a student learning table, among
other furniture products.
The chair designs
Chromcraft offers are constructed to adapt to the shape of the user.
"It's made in Mississippi," Fitzgerald said of his product
line. "It's not generic; it's more progressive and contemporary
and meets the needs of the student."
his product line is built for long-term use. "We want the product
to be low maintenance," he said. "We believe our products
are durable, and they've held up well for us."
The issue of
inadequate furniture in some university classrooms was discussed
at a recent meeting of the Southern Miss President's Council, after
which university president Dr. Shelby Thames asked Southern Miss
associate provost Dr. Cynthia Moore to craft a plan to replace existing
furniture with new furniture that meets the needs of students and
the savings the university has accumulated through streamlining
administrative costs and focusing on budget efficiency over the
last two years are providing the opportunity to consider new furniture
look at the possibility of taking some of these savings and reinvesting
them in the classroom," Moore said.
setting should be first-class in order to deliver a quality education
to our students," said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the Southern
Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation. "Doing this
is a move in the right direction."