Improvements to greet students as school year opens
August 22, 2007

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     Bryan students will find a renovated gymnasium, new washers and dryers in their residence halls and a new emergency communication system in place when they come to campus for the 2007-08 academic year.
     More than 275 new students are expected to check in Saturday, Aug. 25 to begin four days of orientation and preparation for classes to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Upperclassmen are scheduled to report back on Monday, Aug. 27.
     Vice President of Operations Tim Hostetler said work is nearing completion on renovations to the upper level of Summers Gymnasium, creating new exercise rooms and visitors’ locker rooms. Work continues on an addition to the south side of the gym which will house home locker rooms and coaches’ offices.
     In addition to replacing carpet in Woodlee-Ewing Residence Hall, the operations staff placed new washers and dryers in all residence halls. Mr. Hostetler pointed out that the machines don’t have coin slots since the cost of washing and drying is included in students’ housing fees.
     Some residents in Long and Huston halls will find new furniture in their rooms as 40 rooms were converted to house three students instead of two, a step to address an expected increase in enrollment. Students chose this living arrangement, school officials pointed out.
     At some point during the fall semester, Vice President for Student Life Dr. Peter Held said there would be a campus-wide test of a new emergency communication system. Dr. Held said the college purchased a program provided by High Ground Solutions which will allow administrators to make one call to contact students by cell or landline phone, text message, email, personal digital assistants or pagers in case of an emergency.
     He said the college had been working on its emergency response plan, but the project took on more urgency in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting. “This new system will allow us to contact lots of people simultaneously,” he said.