FMU opens new residential center

caines | 10/21/2011, 8:49 a.m.

Dr. Henry Lewis III, FMU president, officially opens the residential facility

When students are considering different colleges to attend, living facilities can sometimes play a factor in their decision. Last week, Florida Memorial University (FMU) opened a new living and learning residential center. The opening of this facility represents a milestone improvement for the students of this university, said Dr. Harold Clark, Jr., vice president for administration at FMU. Students have been wanting this for a while. We are now able offer suite style accommodations. The facility will have private and semi-private rooms available to students. This new option was well received by the students and as you can imagine the facility was filled up fast by new and returning students. The $14 million state-of the-art facility includes nearly 360 apartment suite style rooms. It also includes a student health center that will be operated by the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. Jullian Coakley, Student Government Association (SGA) president believes that the new facility will only add to the experiences students can have at FMU. With these new rooms, students will be able to have their own personal space, he said. Instead of having to share their area with two or three individuals, students will have more space and be happier. One of the main reasons students didnt want to live on campus is because they had to share. Oncampus enrollment has increased so far and I expect for it to go up even more in the future. I would also like to extend a thank you to our previous president for initiating this idea and our current president for following through with the vision. Regina Kelly, a sophomore at FMU, said she is considering moving on campus after the opening of the new living area. I never wanted to live on campus until now, she said. I have a few friends that are lucky enough to be moving into that place and Im kind of jealous. I think this will attract more students to choose the option of living on campus rather than being on their own. By Randy Gricergrice@miamitimesonline.com