- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Groundbreaking is set for Oct. 7 for a new Baptist Student Union building at Mississippi State University.

WCBI-TV reported (https://bit.ly/Xp2YAE) the multimillion-dollar building will be closer to the center of Starkville campus.

Baptist Student Union director Michael Ball said the current building is cramped for space and can’t accommodate student body growth.

“The current building was built in 1961 when student enrollment was 5,575. We expanded while I was a student here in 1984 when enrollment was 12,325. Today, enrollment exceeds 20,000,” he said.

The current building is across from the Campus Book Mart and the Wesley Foundation. The new one will be near the former site of Hamlin Hall, a residence hall torn down in 2004. The new building will be the largest student union in the Southern Baptist Convention.

The groundbreaking will be a milestone for the university’s Baptist community.

“This is a day we have prayed for and dreamed about for many years,” Ball said. “Our progress reflects the commitment MSU students and Mississippi Baptists have for reaching this campus for Christ.”

Associate student union director June Scoggins said a celebration is being planned during Mississippi’s State’s homecoming on Nov. 8.

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Information from: WCBI-TV, https://www.wcbi.com


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