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University Breaks Ground on New Residential Village

Date 7-11-06

Contact Leigh Anne Wilson 601.266.6307


Hattiesburg—Students, alumni, and university officials today held formal ground-breaking ceremonies for The Village, the University of Southern Mississippi’s newest campus living opportunity for female students.

The $18 million construction project is expected to take approximately 14 months and will provide additional housing for 354 sorority members and upper-class scholarship recipients. The project is located on a 10-acre portion of land formerly occupied by a part of the Pine Haven Family Housing complex.

The Village will give students a very attractive on-campus housing option when they come to Southern Miss, said Dr. Chris Crenshaw, director of Residence Life. “The Village, designed with student input, will offer the women a more modern style of campus life with high quality residence features,” Crenshaw said. The opening is tentatively set for the fall 2007 semester.

Thom Saunders, with the McCarty Company of Tupelo, Miss., is the project’s architect, and the general contractor is B.W. Sullivan Construction of Hattiesburg.

Twelve structures make up the complex that includes nine 30-bed residence halls, one duplex unit, one 60-bed residence hall and a commons building. Sorority women will occupy the nine units with upper-class women occupying the 60-bed hall. Wilber Hall, where women in Greek organizations currently reside, is slated to serve as a freshman residence hall.

Among the speakers at today’s ceremonies were Southern Miss alumni Bonnie Warren, national president of Kappa Delta sorority, and Ronald Doleac, past national president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, along with current sorority council officers.

“Our Greek Life program at Southern Miss is growing and we are attracting quality women students because of facilities like The Village. This is a very exciting time for our students and for the university, as Southern Miss is excelling in offering a powerful student experience to complement quality academics,” said Erin Rust, Greek Life manager.

One of the structures in The Village will be a general use facility complete with three 1,400-square-foot meeting rooms, a catering kitchen with appliances, laundry facility, vending machines, management offices for Residence List staff and green space for large gatherings.

“One of the great benefits of The Village is the 60-bed residence hall for upper-class scholarship women. This is a significant boost to the recruitment and retention of scholarship women at Southern Miss,” said Dr. Joe Paul, vice president for Student Affairs. “We are raising the bar for campus housing to go along with the enriching academic and student experience you get here,” said Paul.

The bedrooms will be the largest on the Southern Miss campus with full-size beds, furnishings, walk-in closets, vanities, and private bath for each room. Other spaces will include a covered porch and a patio yard.

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Students, alumni and university officials officially toss the first shovels of dirt on the University of Southern Mississippi's newest campus residence complex, The Village. Set on a 10-acre portion of the Hattiesburg campus, it will be a 354-bed residence complex for sorority and upper-class scholarship women. Pictured from left are Dr. Joe Paul, vice president for Student Affairs, Bonnie Warren, national president of Kappa Delta Sorority, Shannon Davis, Phi Mu undergraduate, and Lyndsey Jalvia, Alpha Kappa Alpha undergraduate, and Ronald Doleac, past national president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The $18 million project is expected to take 14 months to complete. (Southern Miss photo by Jana Bryant).

July 13, 2006 4:13 PM

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