New student union, bookstore and updated dining hall on the way

digital layout of new bookstore coming soon

By Brooke Burleson

The past two years have brought big changes to Peace, and changes are continuing well into 2013.

One of the first renovations on the list is Belk Dining Hall. A new service provider will be giving the cafeteria a facelift, and changing to a “continual dining” model where students can stop in for a meal any time during operating hours.

The one-story facilities buidling adjacent to Belk will be renovated, including an addition of a second floor. All offices that are currently located in the upper level of Belk, as well as the bookstore, will be relocated to this renovated building.

Belk will then become a true student union, with the a new coffee shop, a student lounge area and other student-life management offices.

Sarah Horne, a junior at William Peace University said, “I’m excited about the additional renovations. The cafeteria needed a change and I think it will be positive step towards the schools transformation.”

Due to fundraising, along with the generous support of alumnae and other networks of William Peace University, the college plans to begin the construction process as soon as possible.

The renovations are scheduled to be complete by fall 2013.

“These improvements have been carefully considered and are a wise decision for our institution,” said Debra M. Townsley, president of William Peace University.

“We look forward to seeing the final results and enjoying them with students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors alike.”

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