Wiley College will hold the consecration and dedication of the Fred T. Long Student Union Building and the John D. Appleton Dining Hall on Friday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m. in front of the student union building.
Renovations to the Fred T. Long Student Union Building resumed this summer and will continue through most of the fall term; however, renovations to the building's ballroom and renovations to its dining hall, which included an expansion to accommodate 700 students, are completed. After the consecration on Friday, students will be served lunch and dinner, and all meals going forward, in the dining hall – it will be the first use of the facility in four years. During the renovation, students have dined in the student café in the Wiley Pemberton Complex.
Improvements to the student union facility during its renovation include an overall facelift and modernization of the building's façade. Improvements to the lower level of the student union, which is the hub of student activities, include the repainting of all areas and the addition of new chairs and tables in the game room, TV room, snack area, and meeting spaces.
There will be additions to the lower level as well, including a mini-mart with snacks, sandwiches, and drinks, and an ATM machine.
Outside the facility, the construction fence has been removed and regrading, seeding and landscaping have begun.
The renovation of the student union is Phase Two of a $24 million construction and facilities improvement project that included the construction of Haywood L. Strickland Living Learning Center, a 500-bed state-of-the-art student residence hall that opened in fall 2012. Lower level improvements are being funded by the $30,000 Retool Your School Campus Pride Grant the College won from Home Depot in the spring. Over 20 crew members from Home Depot stores in Longview, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana, as well as personnel from the company's offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and New York, were on campus in late October to assist with renovations to the lower level of the building.
The student union is named for Coach Fred T. Long, who for many years produced championship football teams at the College