TSU breaks ground for first new residence halls in 23 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – TSU President Glenda Glover helped break ground Wednesday for two new co-educational residence halls, the first of three groundbreakings taking place during Homecoming week.
Wednesday’s groundbreaking, the first for a new residence hall at TSU since 1995, took place on the lawn of the Strange Performing Arts Building. The groundbreaking for a Health Sciences Building is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Hankal Hall Courtyard. And the groundbreaking for an Alumni Welcome Center will take place around 1:30 p.m. at the corner of 31st and John Merritt Blvd.
Construction of the residence halls was initially announced last fall after the State Building Commission approved construction of the $75.3 million project.
“We break ground this morning for student residence life,” said Glover at a ceremony before the groundbreaking. “We break this ground for student success. And we break this ground because it is altogether fitting and proper for upgrading student life on the campus of Tennessee State University.”
Dr. Tracy Ford, vice president of student affairs at TSU, said the groundbreaking for the residence halls and the other planned construction is indeed “reason to celebrate.”
“Today doesn’t just mark the groundbreaking of a physical structure, but it shines a light on the amazing future of TSU, and represents one of the many exciting and strategic changes to come,” Ford said.
Braxton Simpson, student representative on the TSU Board of Trustees, expressed similar sentiment.
“This is a very exciting moment for all of the students here at Tennessee State University,” she said.
Besides TSU’s faculty and staff, Wednesday’s groundbreaking was also attended by local and state officials.
“This is a wonderful day,” said State Sen. Thelma Harper. “TSU is No. 1!”
State Rep. Harold Love, Jr., a TSU graduate, lauded Dr. Glover and “all those involved in the intricacies of getting this done.”
“Residence halls represent a university’s commitment to student success just as much as other educational buildings,” Love said. “Tennessee State continues to invest in facilities to increase the opportunities for students to find a home away from home.”
For more information about the other groundbreakings and Homecoming activities, visit http://www.tnstate.edu/alumni/homecoming/
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