2008-08-13 / Front Page

Grand Re-Opening Ceremony held for Hill Hall

Among the leaders attending the grand re-opening of Historic Hill Hall are SSU President Dr. Earl Yarbrough, former SSU Interim President Dr. Clyde Hall and State Senator Regina Thomas. The oldest building on the Savannah State University's campus, Walter Bernard Hill Hall, is now re-opened after 12 years. A grand ceremony was held on Monday, August 11, 2008 with faculty, students, alumni and community supporters.

Designed by Gunn, Meyerhoff and Shay architects of Savannah, renovation included data wiring, fire protection systems, electrical upgrades, plumbing and new stair wells.

The new facility also include state-of-the-art technology computers and students will be able to access the university's Web-based system. There will be seating areas for students and visitors in the reception area.

Hill Hall is an historic site that was formerly a bookstore, student center, male dormitory, and library. It also served as a a backdrop in the John Travolta movie "The General's Daughter" and barracks for black World War I troops in training. It will now house the admissions, financial aid and registrar's offices. This building will be known as the university's Enrollment Management center, with professionals trained in every area.

The newly renovated Historic Hill Hall building. A presidential suite, complete with adminis- trative offices, a lecture hall, a banquet room and a mini museum, is located on the third floor.

In addition to federal and state funds, SSU officials and community groups worked for many years to raise money for Hill Hall's restoration. In 2007, SSU received approximately $3.2 million from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to complete the renovation of the historic landmark building.

L-r (front): Kiana Smith, Vice President of SGA; Dr. Jane Gates, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Vernisha Davis, Staff Assistant for Congressman John Barrow; Tirrany Thurmond, Miss SSU; and Errol Hooper, President of SGA. L-r (back): Nat Hardy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Arts; and State Senator Regina Thomas. Some of the guests at the grand re-opening ceremony.

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