Student: I was just curious what would happen to the programs in Scoular and Stovall Halls? Those programs cannot be relocated indefinitely to portables.
Stefanie: Thanks for your question. That is a big concern for everyone, and please know that there are lots of folks from all levels are working to come up a solution that will work best for all programs. There’s a couple things that I can share with you that I think will help address your question, but please let me know if you would like more clarification.
1. The University is finding space that is equal to, if not better than, the current space that those programs are currently housed in. Meaning, there might be more amenities for the students in these programs during the interim now that they are in temporary prefabricated housing. It’s exciting to think about what these programs will be able to accomplish with these improvements! Several students and members of faculty have actually expressed excitement because there have been so many additions and improvements that they’ve wanted to make, but have otherwise been hindered because of space and/or budgets. Additionally, the Campus Master Plan called for the removal of these buildings before any of the Union Master Plan designs were available. The university has been thinking and planning for this since 2005. Rest assured that a lot of foresight has gone into this process.
2. “Portable” really isn’t an accurate word to describe the type of building. It’s not a modular trailer you are probably accustom to seeing. From what I understand, it more describes the type of construction, which is similar to how most churches build their buildings these days. Are you familiar with Denton Bible Church? Similar to that. I am working right now to see if we can get some more examples for our students to see. I know that would be much more helpful.
3. At the same time, a permanent home for these programs is the top priority for the University administration. Because fee money and tuition money is so different, and Texas Revenue Bonds are used to pay for academic buildings, it is up to the Texas legislature to grant these funds. President Rawlins has committed to seeking out this funding as soon as possible. The CVAD programs deserve a state-of-the-art facility! Unfortunately, that’s just not a quick fix. How wonderful it would be if it was.
Is there anything else that I can help you with? Please let me know. My office is in 420L in the Union if you would like to stop by. I can also help set up a time for you to meet with the Union Director, Zane Reif, if you would like. I appreciate your time. Thanks again, and have a great day.