|U of M Millington Center Second Phase Will Open October 27
For release: Oct. 25, 2006
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The University of Memphis Millington Center will celebrate the opening of its second phase with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and lunch buffet at noon, Friday, Oct. 27. The facility is located at 6500 Navy Road in Millington.
Speakers will include U.S. Rep. John Tanner, through whose efforts the University acquired the property; Millington Mayor Terry Jones; Capt. Matt Straughan, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Mid-South; U of M President Shirley Raines; and Charles Lee, U of M vice president for Business and Finance.
Entertainment will be provided by the U of M Brass Quintet and the Navy Band Mid-South.
The second phase of the facility will open 40,000 sq. ft. on the ground floor of the former Navy Hospital. It will hold 26 classrooms, including two computer labs, four private study rooms, a long-distance learning room, and three rooms that can be combined to create a 100-seat lecture area. There also will be office space for administrators and graduate students.
The $4 million renovation is the second major expansion the U of M has completed since it assumed control of the 38 acres of former U.S. Navy property in December 2002. In 2004, the 13,000 sq. ft. Willis Hall opened with 10 classrooms and two computer labs.
While the Center currently offers undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from business administration to education, the center’s director, Herb McCree, hopes that eventually it will become home to grant-funded research projects, extended learning classes, and a small-business incubator program.
Planners designed the facility to enhance learning at the University level. Many of the classrooms will feature podiums with computers wired to ceiling-mounted projectors. “Our students have high standards,” said McCree. “We want to provide them with a functional and flexible learning environment.”
The Millington site currently has 630 students enrolled.
McCree sees the Center growing along with Millington, with unlimited possibilities. “We have a great park-like atmosphere,” he says. “I can see this eventually becoming an academic and research park.”
In the third phase, the University will renovate the former hospital’s upper floors for use as classrooms and research facilities.
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