Several Tusculum College upperclassmen will have unique housing arrangements during the fall semester as a result of a residence hall crunch created by increased enrollment on the residential campus.
Students will be occupying 29 rooms at the Comfort Inn on E. Andrew Johnson Highway for at least the fall semester and perhaps throughout the 2010-11 academic year, reported Steve Gehret, vice president and chief financial officer for the college.
Rooms at the Comfort Inn are part of the overall effort to house the new students, Gehret said. On campus, many residence hall rooms are being rearranged to better accommodate students living on campus, and additional furniture is currently being added to address the students’ needs, he added.
Increased enrollment at Tusculum College means that Tusculum College will have an even greater economic impact on the City of Tusculum, Greeneville and Greene County, said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college.
“I am pleased that we are partnering with the Comfort Inn for the housing overflow of students and with other motels and hotels to accommodate parents, athletic teams and other visitors,” she said. ”Also, through a bidding process based on quality, ability to deliver and cost, SouthCo, a locally-owned and operated company has been awarded a contract to provide residence hall furniture for the college. Tusculum College is proud to support the local economy.”
Students who will be living off-campus will still have the same plans as all residential students, including the college’s cafeteria, student affairs activities and other amenities.
In addition to the students, a full-time student affairs professional will live at the Comfort Inn and serve in the capacity of a resident’s assistant, available to help students should any need arise, as well as provide programming offered at the residence halls on campus.
“We have had to be creative with our housing solutions to accommodate the increased number of students,” said David McMahan, dean of students. “We kept foremost in our minds the needs of the students. The options provided our incoming students allow them more direct access during their transition to the demands of college life, while also helping prepare our upperclassmen for the autonomy of independent living that lies before them.”