Monday, August 17, 2015

Vol State Celebrates New Humanities Building with Beam-Signing Ceremony

The 2015-2016 President's Ambassadors sign the beam Monday morning.
Even though classes are a week away, Volunteer State Community College was busy Monday as faculty, staff, and students braved the rain to participate in a piece of Pioneer history.

Members of the Vol State community gathered for a ceremony that officially topped off the newly-named Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building by signing a beam that was placed on the structure. The 88,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed by Summer 2016.

Although Allison Goodpaster and Megan Ratliff, two of the 2015-2016 President's Ambassadors, won't be Vol State students when the building is finally open, they were still excited to have a hand in the ceremony and what it means for the future of the college.

"It'll still be exciting, because this is such a great addition to Vol State. I'm excited for the students that get to utilize it even though we won't," Goodpaster said.

Ratliff, a Liberal Arts student, agreed, adding the new building will help connect students like never before. She's even hoping her younger sister will follow in her footsteps at Vol State and reap the benefits of the new building.

"I'm pushing my younger sister to come here, and I'm hoping that she'll be able to use the building. She's very artistic, and I think she'd like it," Ratliff said.

The event was also a nice way to kick off the 2015-2016 semester as the campus prepares itself for the arrival of students next week.

Jessica Cocita, instructor of English, was excited to be a part of the momentous occasion at Vol State as a member of the Humanities Division after having completed her first year of teaching at the college.

"For me to be here as this is going up and to get to be a part of the very first year that we'll get to occupy the building is really, really exciting to me. I just feel like it's going to be very inspiring to the faculty and a lot of the students that we have that might not have been as enthusiastic before," she said.

Even though getting a chance to teach in the new building is a year away, Cocita said she can't wait until the entire division is under one roof.

"We won't have to ask questions about where to find people and which building they're in. It'll be easier to talk to students and have those conversations after class because all of your classes are going to be in the same spot," she said.

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