- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Renovation is underway at residence halls at the Mississippi University for Women.

University officials told The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1fyWhPQ) that the upgrades will begin at Callaway Hall this summer and are expected to be completed by fall.

“We want things in place before school starts,” said Sirena Cantrell, interim dean of students and director of housing and residence life.

Cantrell describes the work as serious enhancement.

“Callaway is going to receive new paint, new furniture, sprinkler system, new water fountain and new awnings,” she said.

The exteriors of Kincannon Hall and Jones Hall are also being painted.

Over the next six years, each residence hall will be updated.

The enhancements have been in the works for years, Cantrell said, with funding coming from an existing in-house budget.

Of the 2,600 students enrolled at the university, about 540 live on campus.

Cantrell said other improvements are underway on campus, including green space has been created from old tennis courts that were no longer in use.

“We really wanted to enhance on campus living experience because we want our students to stay on campus and not move off,” she said.

“The area behind Kincannon is now a green space with benches for the students in Kincannon and Jones to be able to hang out. It will be beautiful in the spring.”

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com


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