USC Upstate News

USC Upstate “Tops Out” New Freshman Residential Facility

05- 13- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The “topping out” of the Magnolia House, the newest freshman coeducational residential facility at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will take place on Thursday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m. Topping Out occurs when construction has reached a celebratory point - the stage of construction where the final piece of steel is hoisted into place, and the building, while not completed, has reached maximum height.

Magnolia House
The Magnolia House at USC Upstate is already nearly full for the upcoming
fall semester, despite the current economic climate.

“This is an exciting day in the history of USC Upstate,” said Chancellor John C. Stockwell. “Just as our enrollment continues to grow, so too does our student population living on campus. The addition of Magnolia House and with it 352 more students residing on the USC Upstate campus, coupled with the recent opening of the Wellness Center, has created a dynamic and an energy on this campus never before felt here. It is truly exciting.”

Although the residential facility is still under construction, that isn’t stopping incoming freshman students from signing contract to live there this fall. In fact, contracts for 91 percent of the facility have already been signed, despite worries of current economic climate and how it may affect the fall enrollment figures.

“We are very pleased to have 91 percent of Magnolia House already booked at this point,” said Laura Puckett Boler, interim vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students. “It points to a positive enrollment growth for the University in the fall and to the fact that our student body has a strong desire to live on campus.”

Magnolia House is a 105,000-square-foot traditional-style complex can house up to 352 students in its 87 suites, including single or double rooms and handicap-accessible units. Each suite has a full bathroom, a communal living area with furniture, and a micro fridge (microwave and refrigerator combination). Each resident is also provided with a bed, a desk, two chests of drawers, and an armoire. Magnolia House also offers all of the standard amenities, including basic electricity, local phone services, water service, and garbage collection. In addition, students receive cable hook-up, wireless Internet access, and stain and scratch resistant furniture.

Special features of Magnolia House include eight study rooms for in-house tutoring, free laundry facilities (including Laundry View, which allows a resident to determine the status of his/her laundry from their computer, and Laundry Text, which allows residents to receive a text message when their laundry is done), well-illuminated and gated parking lots, parking lot security cameras, emergency phones, and green space.

“Magnolia House offers the latest housing safety features available, such as controlled access, full sprinkler system, four levels of electronic locks to access bedrooms, and 32 monitored digital cameras inside and outside,” said Ron Dalton, director of housing and residential life. “We’ve noticed that the parents of our incoming students are especially pleased with these safety aspects of the facility.”

Aside from Magnolia House, USC Upstate offers two other student housing facilities. The Palmetto House, which opened in 2004, is a mirror image of the Magnolia House with a few additional amenities that include a recreation room, computer lab, and mailroom. Students living in the Palmetto House are a mixture of freshman and upperclassmen. This facility has reached 25 percent capacity for the fall.

“I loved living in the Palmetto House my freshman” said Gabrielle Truesdale, a sophomore from Rock Hill. “I met so many friends and the rooms are so nice. It was a great experience.”

Palmetto Villas is an apartment-style housing complex reserved for USC Upstate upperclassman. Each apartment houses four students and handicap-accessible units are also available. Each apartment is equipped with major kitchen appliances including a full-size refrigerator, microwave oven, garbage disposal and dishwasher; two bedrooms with two full bathrooms, a dining room set, and a sofa and chair for the living room. Palmetto Villas also provides all of the standard amenities, including basic electricity, local phone services, water service, garbage collection, and laundry facilities. In addition, students receive expanded cable, access to the University's high speed Internet service, and shared recreational facilities, including a swimming pool, sand volleyball court, and basketball courts. This facility has reached 72 percent capacity for the fall.

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