Alcorn State University preparing campus for upcoming academic year

With the start of the fall 2018 semester around the corner, Alcorn State University has been busily preparing the campus for the return of students and faculty. 

Throughout the summer, campus maintenance crews and contractors have been working progressively towards ensuring all dormitories are ready for the new academic year. The university is tackling everything from cleaning carpets, waxing floors, painting, replacing broken faucets, and replacing light bulbs and more.  

Over the last few years, the university has again chosen to target resources towards improving one of the older student residence halls on the Lorman campus. This year the Facilities Management Unit identified Revels Hall men's dormitory shower facilities for renovations. The newly revamped showers will feature new floors with urethane coatings, new plumbing fixtures and soap dishes and towel holders. 

Interim president Dr. Donzell Lee is pleased to see the increased focus on campus improvements and beautification considering expected enrollment growth.

"Alcorn is our students home away from home, and we want to be intentional in our efforts to provide the most comfortable and positive living and learning experience for them," stated Lee. "The university will continue to be mission-driven in its focus on strengthening our customer service delivery towards increased student satisfaction."

Dr. Jeff Posey, associate vice president for Facilities Management added, "Last year we renovated the showers in Burrus Hall, one of our classic women's dormitories, and this year we wanted to devote energy on a similar project." Posey concluded, "We believe our residents in Revels will be extremely pleased and appreciate these new improvements." 

On the opening day of New and Transfer Student Orientation Weekend of Welcome, Friday, Aug. 17, the Facilities Management office will staff four Helpdesks at various locations to assist parents and students with addressing maintenance issues. The Helpdesks will be located at the Honors Residence Hall Lobby, Medgar Evers Heritage Village Building C Lobby, Burrus Hall Lobby, and Revels Hall Lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, the Helpdesks will provide complimentary shower curtain sets to all students who have a need.  

A crew of trades and custodial technicians will also be available over the weekend to assist with any urgent matters. Large-scale repair projects will need to be requested and scheduled through the residence life work order system.