Trustees authorize residence hall projects

December 5 2008

Indiana State University is moving forward with plans to renovate another residence hall.

Trustees on Friday (Dec. 5) authorized university administrators to hire an architectural and engineering firm to prepare plans for the renovation of Sandison Hall. The project will incorporate double-occupancy rooms, air conditioning and a fire suppression system. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2009.

Significant upgrades to campus housing during the next five to seven years are among priorities set earlier this year by trustees and new Indiana State President Dan Bradley.

"We are pleased to be able to move forward with the renovation of Sandison Hall," said Tom Ramey, vice president for student affairs. "The recent award-winning renovation of Burford Hall (completed in 2006) represents a true showcase in campus housing. We look forward to creating another showpiece at Sandison as the next step in providing the amenities students want in their home away from home."

Funding for the project, estimated not to exceed $10 million, will come from residence hall reserve funds and the sale of long-term university bonds.

Constructed in 1962 and last renovated in 1988, Sandison Hall, located adjacent to Hulman Memorial Student Union, is named after Indiana State Normal School alumnus Howard Sandison, who served as the school's vice president from 1881 to 1917.

Upon completion of the renovation, scheduled for 2010, Indiana State officials plan to move forward with renovation of other residence halls to accommodate an expected increase in enrollment.

When President Bradley arrived he made a promise to improve campus housing, with the understanding that the status quo runs counter to retention & recruitment efforts. To have reached this point in such little time is impressive, said Michael Scott, president of ISU's Student Government Association. "This renovation is a step forward in ISU's attempt to improve the student experience. I commend President Bradley, Vice President Ramey and the residential life staff for realizing this need."

Trustees approved two other residence hall projects: an upgraded fire suppression system for Hines Hall, with a projected cost of $740,000, and the $977,000 replacement of a 40-year-old heating and air conditioning system at the Lincoln Quad.

In other action, trustees approved a 10 percent increase in employees' monthly health insurance premiums. So far this year, expenses for the university's self-funded health care plan have been 22 percent higher than the same period last year and the current reinsurance carrier has requested a 24 percent rate increase for 2009, according to Diann McKee, vice president for business affairs and finance.

During Bradley's president's report to trustees, he recognized ISU athletic training student Devin Hollingsworth for her recent lifesaving efforts. While en route to a basketball game at Hulman Center Nov. 8, Hollingsworth stopped to assist a motorist who appeared to be having car trouble. The problem, however, turned out to be far more serious than a broken down car. The motorist frantically told Hollingsworth that her baby girl was choking.

"Devin began rescue breathing and was able to dislodge a small piece of candy from the infant's airway," said Cat Stemmans, associate professor of athletic training. "Ms. Hollingsworth was able to save the life of an infant, in part due to her education, but also because she put herself in a situation of helping another member of her community. What an amazing example of Indiana State University's best!

Hollingsworth is a certified professional rescuer through the American Heart Association, a requirement for coursework within the Department of Athletic Training.

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu.

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ISU trustees gave the go ahead for three residence hall projects during their December meeting: a major renovation of Sandison Hall, replacement of a nearly 40-year-old heating and air conditoning system at Lincoln Quad and an upgrade of a fire suppression system at Hines Hall. Board members also approved a 10 percent increase in employee health insurance and a student was recognized for saving the life of a child.

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