By Ashley Rader
Milligan College celebrated its latest phase of growth with the dedication of the Milligan Village student housing community on Friday afternoon.
The Milligan Village has five new residents halls, Hampton, Jeanes, McAnally, Pardee and Wigginton Halls, are named for people who have had an impact on Milligan College in some way. The village complex also includes Burleson Court, a sand volleyball court and outdoor gathering space, and Leggett Lane, the new road to access the village.
“I suspect that never before in the history of Milligan College have we conducted a dedication ceremony for five new buildings at one time,” said Milligan College President Dr. Bill Greer. “But today, we are doing just that, and more. To say that the Milligan Village has transformed residence and community life at Milligan would not do it justice.”
Milligan Village is the first new residence hall project the college has undertaken in more than 20 years. Greer noted that many people played a part in making the residences for students a reality, including Dr. Donald Jeanes, former Milligan College president who longed to improve student housing.
“Dr. Jeanes dreamed of expanding and improving student housing,” Greer said. “Without his leadership, we would not be here today. I think he would be proud of his college today, and I would say he is looking down on us with satisfaction today.”
Greer said the new residence halls would have a positive impact on the students.
“It was a deliberate design to convey a sense of community,” he said.
Director of Residence Life and Housing Kate Anderson agreed that the housing community was an integral part of student life. She said a lot of lessons were learned in the classrooms and labs, but other important lessons were learned in the dorms as well.