MONTICELLO — Gov. Asa Hutchinson will formally dedicate the recently-completed Student Success Center and University Police Station at the University of Arkansas at Monticello at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
UA System President Donald Bobbitt is also scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to a news release.
The Student Success Center officially opened in August. The two-story structure contains 35,300 square feet of interior space and 1,900 square feet of exterior space for the entrances and an outdoor dining area.
“The $8.5 million structure, which was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, is the centerpiece of Chancellor Karla Hughes’ long-term goal to make UAM a model open enrollment university,” acording to the release.
UAM is following a nationwide trend in higher education to consolidate vital student services under one roof, officials said.
“It’s a proven strategy across the country that facilities like this improve student services from entry to exit,” Hughes said.
The new facility houses offices and meeting rooms for admissions and enrollment services, orientation, retention, academic advising, career counseling and testing, tutoring and developmental education.
The center also hosts a new bookstore, computer labs, small meeting rooms, the chancellor’s office and a Chick-fil-A restaurant, one of the largest of its kind on a college campus, according to the release.
There are also temporary offices for the cashier, financial aid, housing and the registrar to be used primarily during the early days of each semester to provide a one-stop shop for all those services, according to the release.
The new University Police Station, which was also completed in August, is a one-story 3,000-square-foot facility with a public lobby that serves as an information center for campus visitors. The building includes a dispatch and communications room, an officers’ room, a work room for locks, security cameras and access control equipment, an interview room, an office for the chief, an office for the lieutenant, secure storage for evidence, general storage and a training room.
“This facility has been needed for some time,” said John Kidwell, chief of University Police. “It is a tremendous upgrade from our old station and an attractive and functional addition to the campus.”