Wednesday, October 24, 2007
ORANGEBURG – SC State’s new $42 million, 755-bed living and learning community will be formally named for President Andrew Hugine Jr. in a ceremony this Homecoming weekend.
The dedication and naming ceremony for the Andrew Hugine Jr. Suites will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at the residential community (relocated to Fine Arts Center due to weather). The public is invited to attend.
The Andrew Hugine Jr. Suites is the largest construction project in the history of the University, and the largest loan agreement ever between the U.S. Department of Education and an Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Construction of the facility was funded through a $42 million loan from the U.S. Department of Education’s Commerce Capital Access Program, a program that provides funding for addressing capital needs at HBCUs.
In August 2005, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new living and learning community was held. Three hundred of the units were ready for occupancy in August 2006, with the remaining 455 beds available in January 2007.
Crediting President Hugine for his visionary leadership, SC State’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the new housing complex in honor of the University’s ninth president.
The Hugine Suites, along with the recently purchased University Village Apartments, represents a shift away from traditional residence halls and toward apartment-style, living and learning communities.