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College Hall renovation nearly complete

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The year-long renovation of College Hall at Southern Miss is almost finished. The year-long renovation of College Hall at Southern Miss is almost finished.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A multi-million dollar renovation of one of the oldest buildings on the Southern Miss campus in Hattiesburg is nearly finished. Work is about 90 percent complete on the 100-year-old College Hall.

The $6.3 million project began about a year ago. When it reopens, it will house classrooms and offices for the School of Mass Communication and Journalism and will be home to the new Center for Media Innovation.  That will be located on the third floor.   

"This is where we'll have all our student media operations, the recording studio, television studio, WUSM 88.5, the Student Printz, our campus newspaper," said Christopher Campbell, Ph.D., director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. 

"We've got LED lighting, we've got advanced air conditioning control systems," said Joel Lucero, associate director of campus planning and development at USM. "This is something that we've been taking on the campus in multiple different phases, to try to bring the campus up to a considerable energy savings profile," Lucero said.

In February, a new fund raising campaign for the School of Mass Communication and Journalism will begin.

Classes are scheduled to begin in College Hall in August.

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