Belts Become Fashion Statements
There was something eerily reminiscent of the camp rock
'n' roll act The Village People when Finance and Operations hosted a recent
picnic for faculty and staff, but instead of “Macho Man” the
Gator Parade took off to the smooth strains of the “Theme from Shaft.“
The celebration’s construction theme tipped a hard
hat to the growing pains experienced by the campus, according to Janet
Spraker, Facilities, Planning and Management.
“It's been a long and messy year or two, and we sure do appreciate
the patience of our students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, it's
really exciting to see the transformation of the campus,” Spraker
For instance, the Engineering, Math, and Computer Science building on
Vine Street will open at the start of fall semester after a two-year construction
“We've been installing furniture, moving offices, classrooms, and
laboratories since May. The parking lot construction continues,”
Spraker said. The parking lot will be one large Lot 10, a reserved parking
lot, and there will no longer be Lots 14 and 15.
As part of a limited re-opening of the University Center, food service
will be offered on the first day of classes, August 15, and offices will
be available for use. Race Hall is nearly finished and occupants are due
to move back sometime in September, according to Spraker.
“The new and improved Race Hall will be home to Records & Registration,
the Graduate School, Grants & Program Review, and Personnel Services,”