August 19, 2010
The newest building on the South Georgia College (SGC) campus is a 292-bed residence hall known as Tiger Village II. A ribbon cutting and dedication for the building was held on Thursday, August 12.
Officials from SGC were joined by others involved in the project including well-wishers from RISE, Juneau Construction Company, Lord Aeck & Sargent Architecture, IPG Architects and Planners, and Hendessi & Associates, the City of Douglas, the Coffee County Commission, and the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce.
Jackson Kane, an architect with Lord Aeck & Sargent Architecture, said the college has been looking at its master plan since 2006 when Tiger Village I was built and Clower Gymnasium was renovated. Kane said the plan was to double student enrollment from 1,500 to 3,000 students.
“We wanted to preserve the integrity of the existing college campus while expanding to meet the needs for student housing and campus dining,” said Kane. “We have administrative functions at the north end of campus, academic buildings around Quincy Circle, and this entire end of the campus is the residential precinct.”
Kane said architects kept the “buff brick tones” of SGC’s existing architecture when they began designing Tiger Village II to recall bricks made using the sand of south Georgia in existing constructions.
Chelsea Mitchell, President of the SGC Student Government Association, thanked the SGC Leadership Team for allowing student input into the project.
“You have provided us with a warm, friendly environment and I think students will agree that it is the next best thing to home with tutoring centers, wireless internet, and spaces to hang out and have fun,” stated Mitchell.
Curt Fowler, Vice President of RISE, announced that his company would be endowing a $25,000 scholarship to the SGC Foundation to provide financial assistance for SGC students.
“The first recipient of the Ambling Scholarship for $1,000 is Shabiante Grant, “ announced Fowler. “She is a 2010 honor graduate from Statesboro High School who excels in the classroom. She would like to pursue a career in the media industry.”
SGC President Dr. Virginia Carson thanked the SGC Foundation and others involved with the project for expanding opportunities for the college’s students.
“If we can further grow our enrollment, it’s a win-win for the college and the community,” said Dr. Carson. “More students mean more activities on campus and more commerce in town.”
Dr. Carson ended her speech with a phrase she says SGC faculty and staff hear her say often.
“At SGC, every student counts,” remarked Dr. Carson.
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