Immediate Impact – From recruitment of prospective students to service to current students, Jack Hawkins, Jr., Hall is already making a tremendous difference
The impact of the new Jack Hawkins, Jr., Hall, home of Troy University’s College of Education on the Troy Campus, is already being seen.
Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education, said the impact of the new building has been extremely positive.
“I think when prospective students who are interested in pursuing education degrees come to campus and learn that they will have the opportunity to take classes in this building, it becomes a tremendous selling point,” Dr. Tatum said. “I have had the opportunity to visit with some prospective students who have toured the building, and they have been excited about what they have seen. It is very visually appealing and I think it speaks highly to the commitment that the University places on providing quality learning environments for its students.”
Dr. James Kimbrough, who served as dean for the College of Education from 1980 to 1997, said the new building reaffirms the University’s commitment to its roots as a teachers college.
“Troy University began as an institution whose aim was to prepare teachers, and this new building demonstrates that commitment to provide quality teacher education,” Dr. Kimbrough said. “The new building provides many more opportunities for the use of technology, which is something that we did not have before. Students have greater opportunity to learn and to be better prepared to go out into the schools where more and more technology is being used today than ever before.”
College of Education faculty also will realize great benefits from the building, Kimbrough said.
“The previous facilities were not conducive to larger, lecture-style classrooms or the use of technology,” he said. “Hawkins Hall provides a setting for improved instruction and greater motivation for learning.”
TROY alumna Angela Carpenter, administrator of Crenshaw Christian Academy, said she was pleased to see the addition of the new College of Education building.
“TROY has always been known for producing quality teachers,” said Carpenter, who holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. “I am very pleased that TROY added the new College of Education building. With the greater role technology is playing in our schools today, this more modern facility was greatly needed. This new building will help address those advancing technologies and help to better prepare students to move on into the classroom as teachers.”
Ellis is a university relations coordinator and editor of Troy University Magazine.