Housing & Residence Life Enhancements Plan

Officials at Mississippi University for Women are announcing a phased residential facility enhancement to improve the on-campus living experience for students and provide visual consistency in both historic and more recently constructed buildings.

Callaway HallCallaway Hall, constructed in 1860, is on the university's north campus, which also includes the historic Columbus and Hasting-Simmons halls. More recent residence halls on south campus include Jones and Kincannon. Grossnickle, which houses honors students, is located adjacent to Painter Hall, an academic building.

Planned upgrades in residence halls, beginning this summer with Callaway, include a furniture replacement plan, new window treatments in selected buildings, enhanced lounges and improved Internet access, and replacement of microfridges, said Sirena Cantrell, interim Dean of Students and Director of Housing and Residence Life.

"Our goal is to create a welcoming, fresh environment for our students, both current and prospective," she said.

"We also will introduce a standardized color palette that is equally at home in our historic halls and our newer halls," she said. To reinforce the W's color palette, residence halls will receive new awnings in the university's signature blue, as well as W-branded welcome mats. These will gradually be phased in to other campus buildings as well.

As part of the enhancements, Housing and Residence Life will add standardized exterior signage for the residence halls. A landscaped green space adjacent to Kincannon, begun last spring, is nearing completion.

Cantrell is meeting with campus residents to review the upgrades and preview what's ahead. "We're excited that these improvements are about to begin and that students can look forward to an even more welcoming residential experience at The W," she said.

 

Project Estimated Timetable

GreenspaceFall 2013
August - December 2013

Green space behind Kincannon & Jones Halls - COMPLETED

 

 

Blue Awning SampleSpring 2014
January - May 2014

Carpeting Elevators - Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

Blue Awnings - Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

DoormatThe W branded doormats - Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

Replace Water Fountains - Callaway, Columbus, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - IN PROGRESS

Exterior Paint ColorsExterior Pressure-washing and Painting - Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

 

 

Summer 2014
May - August 2014

New Window Treatments - Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

Floor Cleaning - Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - IN PROGRESS

New Signage - Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

Interior Paint ColorsInterior Painting - Callaway & Grossnickle - IN PROGRESS

New Furniture - Callaway & Grossnickle - IN PROGRESS

Internet Lounges - Callaway, Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

Wired Internet Upgrade to 1GB (10x faster than current) - Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

Wi-Fi Internet Upgrade to 300MB (3x faster than current) - Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Grossnickle, Kincannon, Jones - COMPLETED

 

 

Fall 2014
August - December 2014

TBD

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