Albany State opens two new dorms, student center

Albany State University's opened its new new dorms last week, along with a new student center.

Albany State University's opened its new new dorms last week, along with a new student center.

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany State University began the new semester with a bang last week, opening two new student dormitories and a new student center.

Freshmen students began moving into Hall 5, one of the two new residence halls, on Aug. 6. The second new residence building, Hall 6, will house sophomore, junior and senior students. Together, nearly 600 students will call these new residence halls home during the academic year.

“Just as Albany State University has continued to grow, so has our need for additional on-campus housing. These two residence halls, which combined house about 600 students, will help meet that demand for on-campus housing,” ASU President Everett Freeman said Tuesday. “We’re delighted that we’re able to provide students comfortable conducive to the overall on-campus learning experience.”

Halls 5 and 6 aren’t traditional dormitories. Along with the usual laundry rooms and study area, they also include wireless Internet connections, a demonstration kitchen, a dance room, a performance area and more.

Hall 5 received several thumbs up from it new residents.

“It looks really nice,” Tiana Spearman of Heard County said. “The beds are very comfortable and it’s nice in here.”

Trent Tucker of Sandersville agreed.

“It’s alright. The beds are comfortable and there is a good ratio of girls to guys,” said Tucker.

“We have a lot of space in the room and the lobby is very nice,” Brittany Welch of Henry County said. “But there are a lot of people living here and it’s kind of a challenge.”

Across campus the new Student Center was built to encompass the existing dining hall and replace the Reese Student Union, whose size was considerably less than what the growing student population at ASU requires.

The new Student Center includes offices for the ASU Office of Student Affairs, Student Activities and the Student Government Association. The new Student Center also houses the ASU Bookstore, the post office and a ballroom.

“The new student center will also replace the Reese Student Union. Built in the 1980s, the Reese building isn’t designed to meet the needs of the number of students we currently have on campus,” Freeman said. “The new student center is better equipped to meet our students’ needs while serving as a social hub of the campus.”

In addition to the traditional dining hall experience, ASU students can enjoy Chick-Fil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels, both located on the lower level of the new Student Center.

While the new areas of the Student Center are complete, the former dining hall is set for a renovation. To make this possible, the dining hall is closed, and meals are temporarily being served in the James C. Reese Building (Student Union) during fall semester.

ASU will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for all three new buildings at 9:30 a.m. on August 26. The ceremony will begin at Hall 5 and Hall 6 before moving to the new Student Center.