The Honors College relocated to the first floor of Zellner Hall after outgrowing its office in the Administration Building last semester. Seven Honors faculty and staff members moved to the new location during the first week in August.
The Honors College began expanding as part of ACU’s 21st Century Vision, making the move necessary, said Bethany Scroggins, Honors College recruiter.
“We were looking for ways to expand, and a way we expanded was in adding more staff,” Scroggins said. “When we added more staff, we needed more space.”
Kelsey Evans, Honors College administrative coordinator, said the new location is more spacious than the cramped offices in the Administration Building.
The new location has a large commons area that is ideal for student use, said Evans. She said all students are invited to use the area. Many students have already taken advantage of it to study, eat lunch or take a break between classes.
“We have more of a presence on campus than we did before,” Evans said. “We feel like we can offer so much more with this space.”
In preparation for the move, walls received a fresh coat of paint; a break room, complete with a sink and counter, was added; and one wall was transformed into a glass wall to open the space, Scroggins said.
Admissions and Student Financial Services were located on the first floor of Zellner in previous years. Admissions is now located in the Hunter Welcome Center, and Student Financial Services moved upstairs in Zellner.
Scroggins and Evans said they had been eagerly awaiting the move since last semester. The original date of the move was in January, but the Honors College move was put on hold, because the Hunter Welcome Center was not completed on time. The delay was forgiven, though; Scroggins and Evans agreed that it was worth the wait.
Scroggins said the Honors College also plans to use the space to put on events not possible in the old location because of space constraints.