Two new residence halls open as Phase I of
Wesley Village project Side by side, two new residence halls that opened this fall stand as a tribute to the growth and potential of Central
State University. Equally important is what the buildings mean to the students. “They’re beautiful! It’s more like living in an apartment,” exclaims senior Tierra Kindred, an honors student majoring in Education.
Harry G. Johns Living Learning Center and College Hall, each
housing 98 students, are part of a new complex called Wesley Village, located on land that was the original campus of Wilberforce University. Surrounded by historic Tawawa Woods, these residence halls were part of Phase I, a $12.4M project that also includes all site work, utility work, and preparation for future construction in Wesley Village.
“Residence life plays a tremendous part in a student’s ultimate success
at college,” says Dr. Jerryl Briggs, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Students appreciate a comfortable place to rest, study, socialize, and enjoy their college experience.”
Dr. Briggs points out that these residence halls offer more of an
apartment-like environment. The living space is divided into six-person suites, each containing a common living area, two double bedrooms, two single bedrooms, and three bathrooms.
“Adding these new student halls will add value to Central State,” he
comments. Living Learning Community
There is something even more exciting about Harry G. Johns Living Learning Center: the honor students who live there are part of a Living Learning Community, a new concept in education. The residence hall allows honor students to live and study together and even attend some classes together since the building also contains two classrooms, as well as the Honors Office.
“Living Learning Communities is a concept meeting with great success across the nation,” reports Dr. Juliette B. Bell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “A cohort-based community where students learn, grow, and develop together has shown itself to be a best practice for student retention.”
Harry G. Johns Living Learning Center “I am so grateful for this honor,”
“I like living and socializing with like-minded students who have the same goals as I do,” Kindred reports.
Mr. Johns says. “The vision of Dr. Wesley lives on today, on this campus, as Central State still prepares young men and women to be successful and productive citizens, now in the 21st century.”
CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY 5 Harry G. Johns
Honoring Harry G. Johns Harry G. Johns
served CSU in a number of top administrative positions during his career from 1949 to 1977. He was Vice President of Fiscal Affairs (1959-66), Director of Future Planning and Phys-
ical Plant Services (1966-71), and Dean of the College of Business (1973-77). Central State awarded Mr. Johns an honor- ary doctorate in humane letters in 2005.
Mr. Johns had quite a surprise at the
2010 groundbreaking for the new residence halls when President John W. Garland announced that one building was to be named Harry G. Johns Living Learning Center in honor of Mr. Johns.
This man of distinguished service has long been a part of CSU history, starting when Dr. Charles Wesley, Central State’s first President, asked Mr. Johns to join in helping the University grow.
Now with his name on a building,
Mr. Johns takes his rightful place as part of CSU’s future.
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