Ribbon Cut For
Modern Residence Hall
a cold and windy day Wednesday, two years from its groundbreaking ceremony,
UNC Pembroke officials cut the ribbon opening Pine Residence Hall.
said the new residence hall marks the beginning of a new age of growth
and construction on campus. It is the first new residence hall at UNCP
in 28 years.
Pine Hall, which
opened to students on Aug. 15, is a state-of-the-art 300-bed residence
hall. Tours that followed the ceremony revealed a dorm with all the
modern conveniences, including Internet, phone and cable TV connections
in every room, a computer lab, card-access security and a laundry that
accept student debit cards.
C. Meadors said the residence hall symbolizes "the future of a university
that is progressive and on the move."
"If this residence
hall had not opened when it did, 75 students would have been without
a place to stay on campus," Chancellor Meadors said, referring to the
record-setting boom in enrollment and residential living this year.
Students are very
pleased with the new residence hall, said Student Government President
"We are making this
institution better and better every day," Ms. Hatton said. "A lot of
learning has taken place in Pine Hall since it opened."
Board of Trustees
Chair Thomas Jones II, an alumna, said the building is a dream come
"I promised two
years ago at the ground breaking, that we would build the Ritz-Carleton
of Robeson County," Mr. Jones said. "We have kept that promise."
"This facility is
a perfect example of what the bond referendum that North Carolina voters
approved on November 7 envisions for this university's future," he said.
"Soon, we will build a new science building that will enhance UNCP's
reputation for training outstanding science and medical students. We
will also build another residence hall."
Other speakers included
Dr. Waltz Maynor, secretary-treasurer of the Alumni Association and
Dr. Diane Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. The UNCP Flute
Ensemble, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Maisonpierre, provided music.
Pine Hall was constructed
at a cost of nearly $9 million and was funded in part by the North Carolina
It rises four stories
from its foundation and features study rooms on each floor, a large
meeting room with kitchen and a lobby with a receptionist. It is a co-ed
residence hall that offers suites in two formats: four single bedrooms
with a living area and bath and two double-occupancy rooms with a bath.
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