Moffett Library ready for first phase of renovation

WICHITA FALLS - Students at MSU are going to see major improvements to Moffett Library.
In a meeting Thursday, the Board of Regents passed a motion to contract with M&F Litteken for the first phase of construction. 

The first phase consists of remodeling the elevators and bathrooms, which haven't seen any type of update since 1964 when the building was built. 
What's also exciting for students is more space and accommodations for technology.

"Definitely spend a lot of time in here," Andrew Wolf, sophomore pre-medical major, said. 

"I usually come to the library everyday," Venous Davoudi, freshman pre-dentistry major, said. 

For many students at Midwestern State University, the library serves as the catch all building.

"We have students who bring in their dinner. They bring in their pillows and their blanket," Clara Latham, University Librarian said. "I mean they're here to stay." 

And during their stay, students like Andrew Wolf hope for newer and more comfortable furniture.

"These are the really outdated ones and these are the more modern, I mean, it just needs a fresh, new perspective on everything," Wolf said. 

And Latham agreed. 

" The restrooms haven't been remodeled. They're 1964 restrooms and have never been touched since so it will be nice to modernize those."

"I don't usually use the elevators that often because it's only three floors but the bathrooms need to be updated kind of because it's not that, it's good, but it's not the best," Davoudi said. 

Wolf is also looking forward to more accommodations for technology.. 

"A lot of our classes are technology based now," Wolf said. "So you have lecture and you have this access code that you have to go online and do all of your homework."

Latham said the project will not only allow for more technology access but more space for students to study. 

"We're adding more rooms and those rooms will be set up with technology where they can plug in their laptops and work in groups on a shared board," Latham said. "That's the kind of things kids need these days."

"It gives me the peace I need to be able to study," Davoudi said. 

The kinds of things that will help create our leaders of tomorrow.

The first phase of renovations is scheduled to start May 14 and should be completed at the end of August.  

Students at MSU will also see an increase in tuition come fall 2018. 

The Board of Regents agreed that tuition and fees needed to increase in order to continue servicing students in the new fiscal year 19.
Increases will help provide more scholarships, IT costs to cover rising costs on software maintenence, expansion of space for student life and a number of other costs the university has each year. 
Administration recommended an increase of about $10 in designated tuition, from $123.85 per semester credit hour (SCH) to $137.25. With the increase, administration said new students taking 15 SCH would pay more in designated tuition per semester than current students with the same course load. 

The rate will generate approximately 470,000 annually. 

They are also going to increase the Wellness and Recreational Center Fee by $10 from $120 to $130 per long semester and then $5 dollars in the summer semester from $60 to $65. 

Administration says it will generate approximately $60,000 dollars and will be used to update or replace equipment inside the Wellness Center. 


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