A construction project is under way at the New Bern campus of Craven Community College (CCC) that will improve one of the busiest areas on campus. New energy-efficient doors and windows are being installed, and the Student Quad between the Student Center and the Brock Administration Building is being replaced. The open-spaced Student Quad will receive new pavement, blue slate stone seating areas, shade trees and other landscaping. Four new sculptures donated by New Bern dentist Dr. Jim Congleton also will be installed around the Student Quad.
“These improvements enhance the appearance, energy efficiency and safety of the Student Center and its outside area,” stated Martin Guion, executive director of sustainability, safety and auxiliary services with CCC.
The Student Center is a high traffic area where students register, obtain services such as academic and career advising, dine at The Craven Coffee House and Café, as well as study and socialize with fellow students. It also houses the security offices, student gym, and rooms for school and public meetings. Many student-led activities and events take place in these areas throughout the school year.
In the summer of 2012, a new café, furniture, electronics charging stations and murals were added to the Student Center. Guion said these latest improvements will be completed in mid-November and are made possible by county and state funds totaling $127,500. There are additional planned improvement and expansion projects at the college over the school year.
Zomar Peter, the new executive director of enrollment and retention at CCC, said that the past and present improvements to the Student Center and Student Quad have been important to creating a sense of belonging among students. Peter has seen a significant increase in use of these areas by students. “This area of the campus is one of the first places new students experience and existing students utilize so it helps us make a good first impression and a lasting impression on our students,”stated Peter.
“The Student Center is the one place we can go to congregate and play our games,” stated CCC student, Jonathon Bost. Bost is part of the Planeswalker Club, which is a student social club on campus. Bost said the campus is already really nice compared to other colleges he has visited and is looking forward to the Student Quad improvements, especially the addition of more shade trees. Bost is working toward obtaining his Associate in Arts.
CCC moved to its New Bern location in 1971 and there were two buildings. CCC now has two campuses in New Bern and Havelock. The college’s two-campus facilities stretch across 124 acres and support approximately 4,000 curriculum students per semester and 25,000 continuing education students.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.