On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10 a.m., join East Georgia State College as they cut the ribbon on their newest residence hall, Bobcat Villas – West. This is EGSC’s second residence hall and will provide housing for an additional 212 students, making the total number of on-campus residents 412.
Part of the P3 (Public-Private Partnership) Initiative, the construction of Bobcat Villas – West is the first of seven on-campus residence halls to be completed in phase 1 of the initiative, which will include 3,683 new beds across the state of Georgia. The partnership with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and Corvias Campus Living provides new campus housing, as well as the management of existing housing, across nine of the USG’s 31 campuses. This model offers long-term financial, operational, construction and design components and creates significant benefits that include local economic impact, up-front funding for capital repairs and renovations and more.
“According to data compiled by the Selig Center at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, a residential student on a college campus in the University System contributes between $9000 and $16,000 annually to the impact of the college on the region’s economy,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Elizabeth Gilmer. “Two hundred and twelve new students will bring $2 million or more to Emanuel County and the surrounding area.”
Bobcat Villas – West provides four-bedroom apartment-style suites with two bathrooms per apartment, a kitchen and furnished living room. The residence hall has 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week security through a series of key card checkpoints, and is patrolled and monitored by the EGSC Police Department.
The EGSC Police Department is a full-service police agency that was granted law enforcement powers by the Georgia Peace officers Standards and Training Council in 2010. The Department is staffed by 10 State of Georgia Certified and sworn police officers and one State of Georgia Certified Terminal Agency Coordinator, and does not employ security guards on any of EGSC’s three campuses. The Police Department makes multiple checks of the housing areas during each patrol shift, and the department partners with neighboring law enforcement agencies to use K-9 Drug Officers for drug and narcotic sweeps of campus and housing units.
“Beginning in fall 2016, East Georgia State College will have the capacity for 412 students to live on campus in a safe, secure, healthy and affordable environment,” said EGSC President Bob Boehmer. “As a parent, I would be pleased to have my children live in an environment with 24/7 security by certified police officers, managed by trained housing professionals and all-you-can-eat meals provided by the college’s outstanding food services division. All of this is available at prices which are the lowest in the University System of Georgia.”
Other amenities of Bobcat Villas – West include a laundry area, study spaces, outdoor recreation space, a game room and fitness center, vending and ice machine, mail service and access to the Jean and L.C. “Shot” Strange Clubhouse. The residence hall also offers all utilities and wireless internet included in the price.
Director of Housing Missie Roberson said, “EGSC provides not only safety and security, but all of the amenities and convenience to campus that quality student housing should offer.”
Students living at Bobcat Villas – West and Bobcat Villas – South also have access to EGSC’s dining facilities, which have recently added many features to meet the increased needs of on-campus residents. These features include all-you-can-eat dining in the Richard L. Brown Dining Hall, as students swipe their CatCards as they enter to pay, rather than paying by the plate. Additional meal times have also been added, for a total of nine meals per week. The amount of Flex dollars has also been increased to $200, which allows students to use their meal plan to purchase food at the Campus Café, Common Grounds coffee shop, and more. There are also several different plans in progress to bring more options for fresh foods to the Bobcat Villas residents. These will be announced at a later date.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit EGSC’s newest residence hall during the ribbon cutting and open house on June 22. Also, tours of Bobcat Villas – West and Bobcat Villas – South are available Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., by visiting http://www.ega.edu/housing to sign up. Tours begin at the Admissions office in the Jean Anderson Morgan Student Center. Walk-ins are welcome as well.
“Though we’re gathered to celebrate the opening of a new building, the benefits of our partnership will extend for generations of students to come,” said Jimmy Scott, Portfolio Director with Corvias Campus Living. “The University System of Georgia and East Georgia State College haven taken a fresh approach to student housing that includes short term solutions, like this new residence hall, but also investing in the long-term prosperity of its assets through a partnership model that ensures no facility falls into disrepair. We’re extremely excited to usher in the next chapter of this program with the opening of Bobcat Villas-West.”
Please join EGSC in celebrating this very special addition to all that the Swainsboro campus offers.