by Web on July 9, 2015
The summer months are busy months at Millsaps College with campus projects underway to update existing facilities and add new facilities to improve the student experience.
Last year, the College announced a major grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History that, combined with a lead gift from trustee Dr. Cris Glick and other private donors, will restore the James Observatory (the third-oldest building on campus). The observatory’s restoration is aligned with the College’s strategic plan to focus on campus enhancement. Work is currently underway on the first phase of the restoration, which entails construction of a new retaining wall. The second phase of work will include a historical renovation of the observatory itself.
Softball and tennis fans will enjoy new facilities this coming year. Cheering on the Majors will be much more comfortable with stands and a press box for softball, an observation deck for tennis matches, and restroom facilities. This work is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
Finally, students will enjoy a completely new experience in the new College Center Living Room, located in the space previously occupied by the Robert and Dee Leggett Special Events Center. This renovated space will open up the main floor of the College Center, providing an integrated space with the Bowl. The addition of ecoGrounds Coffee Shop, a sustainable and fair trade focused vendor, will offer coffee and café-type food options. As this work happens for the new space on the main floor, the Kava House is also being refurbished on the bottom floor to allow for conference and meeting space. These renovations are scheduled for completion by the end of summer.
These campus enhancements are an important component of our strategic plan, and represent exciting changes for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Come and see!