Concord College Makes Changes to Campus Beautiful

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 13 2001

Concord College Makes Changes to Campus Beautiful. Concord College is getting a fall makeover.

Athens, W.Va. - Renovations to the Campus Beautiful are currently underway to make the campus more accessible to those with physical handicaps and to offer students a wider array of on-campus services.

Student Center

This fall, new eateries and cafes will be opened to students in the College Center. Concord Vice President for Business and Finance Jim Cannon says that one attraction will be a Starbucks café.

“We wanted to find a name students would recognize,” Cannon said. “We wanted it to be something they would like, so Starbucks will be serving coffee, tea and pastries at Concord.”

In addition to Starbucks, three more restaurants will be available for students: A newly-updated Subway, a short-order hamburger place called Southwest Grill, and South of Sicily—a “made-to-order” type station decorated in an Italian style that will offer both Italian and non-specialized food items—such as fresh, made-to-order pizzas.

Cannon said that the administration made the decision to have a “made-to-order” type operation, in which students place their order, and then oversee their food being made by the chefs, because student response to it had been so positive in the past.

“A lot of people really liked that, and so we wanted to make sure it didn’t go away. We’re trying to keep what was best about the previous center and add better things to it,” Cannon explained. “Booths were popular, so we’re adding more booths. There’ll also be a drink station where students can get their own drinks.”

In addition to the eateries and café, the décor of the student center (“subway”) is being remodeled. Cannon said that new ceilings of brass and black tiles are being installed, and the floors will have two types of special tiles: slate and wood. A dance floor in front of the stage area will be wooden tile, surrounded by marble tile.

Three conference rooms are being formed from the space to the right of the stage area.

“The renovations and remodeling are being funded out of student dining funds, and we wanted to make sure that the students get what they wanted,” said Cannon.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Concord is also renovating the campus to accommodate better those with physical disabilities, Cannon said. He explained that the changes are being made across campus, from the physical education building to the residence halls.

“We’re replacing the sidewalks between Sarvay and the College Center because of the needs of those with physical disabilities,” Cannon said. “We’re upgrading our bathroom facilities in Wooddell and Wilson halls and the College Center to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and we’ve upgraded several rooms in North and South Towers to meet those requirements. We’re widening doorways and entrances in the College Center and administration building to meet ADA standards.”

Cannon added that, in addition, elevators in the College Center and Wilson Hall have been upgraded, changes have been made to men’s and women’s bathrooms, Braille signage is being used on some of the administration building rooms, and strobe lights are being used to alert deaf students to fire drills. In addition, desks in the Learning Resource Center are designed with surfaces that can be moved up and down to accommodate wheelchairs.

“We’re also putting wireless Internet service into Sarvay Hall and the library,” Cannon said. “It allows anyone with a laptop—such as a person in a wheelchair who in a an emergency may not be able to maneuver to a telephone—to access the phone by a radio connection.”

Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center

Renovations are also being made to the college’s physical education facility, recently renamed the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center in honor of the Carter family of Beckley, West Virginia.

Roofing on one section of the Center is nearly complete, and a rear deck area is being added to the facility. The front of the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center is being upgraded and the concrete areas and steps are being remodeled to accommodate those with disabilities.


Photos: Improvements are underway in the College Center at Concord.

Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the college’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Jessica Shifflett, an intern in the marketing/public relations department, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Oak Hill, W.Va. She is majoring in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.