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WELCOME TO HOME AWAY FROM HOME -- Southeastern
President Randy Moffett helped welcome students to their new "home away
from home" in the new university residence halls. Here he greets music
major Brandy Nicholas of Luling, her mother Clara and sister Jenny.
SOUTHEASTERN OPENS NEW RESIDENTIAL
HAMMOND -- Students returning
to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Hammond campus this week for the
fall semester saw major changes on the university landscape.
Gone are the demolition sites,
remnants of dormitories from the 1960s that were torn down last spring.
Replacing them are eight brand new residential units that are technology-rich
and feature the space, privacy and security that students today seek.
With the recently-completed $55
million construction project, Southeastern’s residential environment now
features modern space for 2,089 students, which includes Southeastern Oaks,
an apartment style complex, and the Village, residential units for organizations,
both completed in the last several years.
The construction did not add any
additional beds to the campus, explained Brad O’Hara, vice president for
student and public affairs. However, the new units have resulted in increased
student demand with more than 95 percent of available beds filled.
The project has been managed by
Capstone Development Corporation of Birmingham, Ala., which contracted
with the university to handle the financing, renovation, demolition and
construction projects. The project encompassed considerable logistics involving
a careful phasing of demolition and construction in order to accommodate
students living on campus, summer camps and other events.
“The buildings were designed to
be aesthetically pleasing, with lots of green space and with parking areas
located out of sight of the main thoroughfares through campus,” O’Hara
said. “The new facilities also feature lots of common space designed so
that residents can develop a strong sense of community.”
Bevann McCartney, a senior marketing
major from Mandeville, serves as one of 33 “community assistants,” students
who serve as in-house “go-to” mentors for their peers living in the residence
“The comments I hear from students
is that everything is great. Everyone seems pleased with the the
availability of cable, Internet, and telephone service,” McCartney said.
“We had our first community meeting this week and had a great turnout and
a lot of interest. That’s a sign that we’re building more of a community
The new offices of the University
Police Department are also located in one of the residential halls, Pride
Hall, placing it in a more centralized sector of the campus and adding
a greater degree of security for residents.