November 20, 2013
|Left to right: LMC Board members Renee Williams, Dr. David Maysick, Judy Truesdell, Steven Small, LMC Vice President of Student Services Dr. Clint Gabbard, LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison, James Krzyzewski, Nancy Krzyzewski, LMC Student Senate President Miranda Bachman.
BENTON HARBOR, MI – On Tuesday, the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees and LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison were joined by LMC Foundation Board Member James Krzyzewski and Student Senate President Miranda Bachman to cut the ribbon opening the new student activity center at the Napier Avenue Campus called the Hawk’s Nest.
In his comments to the crowd of approximately 150, Harrison said, “We’re pleased to make available to the students such a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere to socialize, relax, and study. This space is at the center of the Napier Avenue Campus academic campus building and I am certain it will become a hub for student activity and engagement, and bring a new energy to the campus.”
The two-story, $1.5 million center, is named the Hawk’s Nest in reference to the College’s Red Hawk mascot. The first floor features a game space with ping-pong, pool, and air hockey, video games, and dining and activity spaces. The glass-enclosed second floor includes spaces for clubs and for the student life director, as well as space for informal connections, social gathering, study, and special events.
According to Executive Director of Facilities Lee Van Ginhoven, as many as 100 students gathered regularly in the Hall of Pride, playing games, socializing, studying, and waiting for their next class. The new space is approximately 5,000 square feet, and will give these students a more comfortable environment with great amenities.
“This has turned out to be a beautiful structure, and it will serve the students well for many years to come,” Board of Trustee Chair, Dr. David Maysick stated.
The project is being funded by Napier Avenue students, as well as a $70,000 donation from James Krzyzewski, President and CEO of Nyloncraft, Inc.