Western to unveil new facilities as part of Homecoming ’05 activities

CULLOWHEE – Homecoming weekend at Western Carolina University will be a little busier than usual this year as the university breaks ground for construction of a student recreation center, unveils a new residence hall and showcases a multimillion-dollar recording and television studio Saturday, Oct. 29.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center for a new student recreation center. The $13.5 million project, adjacent to Reid Gymnasium, will provide approximately 73,000 square feet of indoor recreation space, including two multipurpose courts, a climbing wall, a 9,800 square-foot area for strength training and cardiovascular equipment, and a three-lane indoor track.

A dedication ceremony for Norton Road Residence Hall, which opened for students earlier this fall, will follow at 10 a.m. The $9.6 million project provides housing for approximately 290 students, and was designed with private and double occupancy rooms with two residents sharing one bathroom. A common living area and kitchen are located in each wing. The residence hall also has eight study lounges, a large multipurpose room, laundry facilities and a convenience store within the building.

Tours of new recording and television studios in the Center for Applied Technology building, located just across from the football stadium, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The studios include $4.5 million worth of leading-edge video cameras, recording console, video switcher and video editing stations. The facilities offer students the opportunity to learn and refine skills needed in the motion picture, recording and digital video industries.

For more information on Homecoming 2005 activities, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (877) 440-9990 or (828) 227-7335; or the A.K. Hinds University Center offices at (828) 227-7206.