“We are anticipating over 300 people to participate including students, parents, and faculty and staff volunteers,” said April Yost, director of student housing, Capstone On-Campus Management, the firm hired to manage the student life experience.
“Students will be moving into the new $6.5 million complex with a full weekend lineup of activities that are planned to help them get acquainted and acclimated as they settle in,” said Yost. “We’ve ordered carts to help them move their belongings from their vehicles to their rooms in the morning, a cookout lunch is planned for all, and Saturday evening events include a student social activity.”
“Chadwick McConnell has been hired as the new assistant director of housing and he will reside on-campus and direct the day-to-day residence hall activities,” said Yost. “We will also have three student residence assistants who will help organize social, educational and cultural events for students, provide extended office hour coverage and assist with support and problem solving.”
The three-story facility has two- and four-bedroom suites (108 beds in all), and is the first such project in Michigan to be funded by a USDA Rural Development loan. Each suite has a full kitchen and fully furnished living space and three levels of security. Shared amenities include a lobby, fireplace, study and meeting spaces on all floors.
The suites are named for President and Mrs. Devier in recognition of the vision Dr. Devier provided in leading the College from concept to reality.