Student Senate celebrates opening of refurbished student activities area

Student Senate President Orlando Craig cuts ribbonA broad cross-section of the Norwich community was on hand to help celebrate the grand re-opening of Harmon Hall's Student Activities Area on February 24. To mark the occasion, Norwich students, staff and administrators joined members of the Student Senate for a special luncheon and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the newly refurbished space. In his speech, Senate President Orlando Craig praised the project as a collaborative success.

"This project embodies all that we represent and serves as an excellent example of what can happen when students, staff and administrators work together," Craig said. He took the opportunity to thank President Schneider, Director of Facilities Yahyazedeh, and students await grand reopeningBizhan Yahyazedeh and his facilities staff for providing labor and materials, President Richard Schneider and V.P. Michael Kelley for providing $12,500 in funding, and Dean of Students Martha Mathis and Student Activities Director Chan Stowell for their guidance and moral support.

In his remarks, President Schneider spoke of the value of quality recreational space for students, and thanked the Student Senate for providing the initiative and impetus behind the project. "We rely on you and other student groups to inform the administration about what the students want," Schneider said.

students enjoy new furnitureBG Kelley likewise praised the students for their participation in the process. "Our students are willing to step up to the plate and make things happen," Kelley said. "People were persistent, and look what you have. Let's take this moment and continue forward."

The upgrade, which was completed in early February, includes all new furniture and décor, a fresh coat of paint, a new wide-screen television, all new ceiling tiles, new lighting fixtures, new foosball and air hockey games and new tabletops for the pool tables. The old grandstands were also removed, and enlarged color photos depicting various aspects of student life now adorn the walls.

"Congratulations, enjoy it, and take care of it," concluded Schneider.

pubrel@norwich.edu, February 2004

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