SC State continues to build projects; marketing to focus on academic programs |
South Carolina State University administrators received an update on a host of construction projects designed to improve the campus.
“We currently have 16 projects that are awarded and underway. We have 21 projects that are either in the submission phase or in the design phase. Then we have another 12 projects that are what I would call the board of directors that are being discussed within administration and moving forward before moving into the design phase,” said Ken Davis, director Facilities/Planning and Construction at the February Board meeting. Encounter.
Ongoing projects include the fit-up of Azalea Hall, which will house the Residence Life and Housing Department, and the replacement of an air-handling unit at Mitchell Hall.
Projects in the design phase or tender phase include those that deal with improving access to buildings.
“We are working very hard with IT and an external vendor to install CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) access on Hugine Suites and all of our university buildings. This is a project that we hope to complete over the summer if we can get through the design phase and get it out on time,” Davis said.
He continued, “ROTC renovations are underway, as well as Brooks Health (Center) and Poplar Hall. The ongoing seating project at SHM is nearing completion with design and should hit the streets soon (for submission). We hope to complete this over the summer as well. Alongside this project, we will also be replacing the ground that surrounds the land, as well as the exterior doors leading to the building.
Davis also reported that a $750,000 grant is being used to address moisture and leaky roof issues in the university’s fine arts building.
“We hope to have it on the street to bid in March. … We are also looking at an outdoor waiting area for the Crawford Zimmerman building. This is one of the projects we are looking to complete with some of the COVID Replacement of the Washington Dining Hall water line is underway and about to hit the streets for tenders,” he said.
Consideration for approval of the second phase of the university’s student center renovations is also on the agenda of the Joint State Assembly Bond Review Committee.
“We’re really hoping to get this project out on the streets before the summer, so construction is starting on that…and we’ve got quite a few college space upgrades that we’re going to try to get started over the course of the year. This concerns the fit-up of some classrooms in Hodge Hall and Turner D, as well as improvements to bathrooms in Turner A, B, C and D, Belcher Hall, Staley Hall on the first floor and Nance Hall” , Davis said.
“Then we also have the relocation of Honors College to the board that we’re working on, and some ideas from Rowe and Nix that we’re working on with (SC State Interim) President (Alexander) Conyers,” said he declared. .
Public relations/institutional promotion
Sonja Bennett-Bellamy, the university’s vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs, said, “It has indeed been a great year so far from a public relations perspective.”
The university, for example, welcomed new director of development Adrian Scott and awarded a contract to a vendor to develop a new university website.
“We are delighted with this. We are also in the process of launching several projects at all levels in the area of communications and marketing, in particular marketing activities that will highlight student achievements and our university programs,” said she declared.
Bennett-Bellamy continued, “We have also launched campus beautification initiatives which include the installation of new flags and banners on flag poles across campus.”
“We have just had a very high profile meeting with the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Mr. Roger Jones of the Parish Group. This is the company that has been commissioned to produce our collateral documents for recruitment” , she said, noting that the university is also continuing to prepare for major upcoming university events such as Founders Day, the Convocation of Honors and Awards, and the spring re-entry.
Scott said: “I have over 20 years of fundraising experience in higher education, planned giving, major gifts, corporate relations and foundations. … I am delighted to join Bulldog Nation to help, strengthen and develop the whole fundraising plan and to begin to attach myself to the feasibility study that was carried out for the capital campaign.
Hank Allen, president of the SC State National Alumni Association, reported on alumni relations, including the amount of donations made to the university after the Celebration Bowl.
It included the Atlanta chapter’s $24,000 donation to the university’s “Ready All to Do and Dare” fundraising campaign, as well as the $54,000 the association raised.
“In less than seven days, over 1,000 people have donated to a Text to Give campaign. All of these funds totaling $78,000 will go to the Ready All to Do and Dare campaign, along with the names and addresses of everyone who who supported these Once again, it definitely helps increase our turnout,” Allen said.
He also thanked Davion Petty, the university’s new admissions director, for his work reaching out to alumni chapters and speaking out about admissions and recruiting support.
“It’s all about enrollment…and retention. So we appreciate that Mr. Petty is now in admissions, and we look forward to collaborating and working with him on a day-to-day basis. We also want to welcome and look forward to to work with Mr. Adrian Scott,” Allen said.