The UNCG Campus Housing Master Plan of 2008 called for our campus to house a higher percentage of our undergraduates. “Why are we doing that?” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady at the ceremony. “Because we know that students living on campus are showing consistently higher retention and graduation rates when compared to students who live off-campus.”
The newly opened Pedestrian Underpass allows convenient, safe passage between Spartan Village and the campus core. After a ribbon cutting at the underpass, a crowd marched through the underpass to celebrate the official opening of Spartan Village.
“Today is a great day for the entire university,” said UNCG Trustees chair David Sprinkle.
The chancellor added, “This is a day in which we celebrate a new chapter in the life of this wonderful university. It is with our focus on improving student success that the idea for Spartan Village was born.”
Student government president Crystal Bayne said, “With this new addition of Spartan Village and the underpass, we have set out to do bigger and better things than we’ve ever done before. We are setting new ground for UNCG students, whether they are current or future Spartans.”
She also referenced the students of past generations, before she, Brady and Sprinkle rang the university’s historic bell three times.
As the ceremony ended, many took part in tours of Spartan Village’s Haywood, Highland, Lee and Union halls. These residence halls feature many sustainable practices in their design and construction, from the incorporation of recycled materials to the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances. The debt service on the Spartan Village residence halls and the funds it takes to operate them come from the rents charged to students who live there.
Alternative transportation is another sustainable feature of Spartan Village. Students have ready access to the university’s bus service as well as the city’s bus service, and there’s interior and exterior bicycle storage.
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Photograph by Chris English. Housing & Residence Life celebrates milestone. L-r, H&RL Director Tim Johnson, Ryan Collins (coordinator for residence life (CRL) for Grogan Hall), Emily Nanna and Ashley Dobbs (CRLs for Spartan Village) and Ian Aitken (CRL for Weil/Winfield Hall).