USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Cuts The Ribbon On Magnolia House

08- 11- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its newest residential facility, Magnolia House, on Friday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.

“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.”

According to Laura Puckett Boler, interim vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, the high number of incoming freshman students who put down deposits for rooms in the Magnolia House before construction was even complete was reassuring. It points to a positive enrollment growth for the University this 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 options. 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. The Villas is an apartment-style housing complex reserved for USC Upstate upperclassman.

Given these three housing options, USC Upstate has the capacity to house 1,005 students on campus. According to Dalton, with the start of classes still nine days away, on campus housing is at 85 percent capacity. “We will see more applications and reservations even after classes start.”

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