HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of business students at the University of Southern Mississippi spent the first day of the fall semester attending classes and meeting fellow students at Scianna Hall, the new home for USM's College of Business.
Wednesday was the first day classes were held in the $32 million building.
The facility has 10,000 square feet of student and group study space. Joseph Greene Hall, the old home of the College of Business, had only 1,000 square feet of student study space.
Greene Hall will be renovated for use by the College of Health.
"It's a wonderful resource for the Gulf South region, in a lot of ways, to have Scianna Hall open and ready for business," said Faye W. Gilbert, dean of the College of Business.
"I think everyone is walking around here and checking the new building out and everybody has a smile on their face," said Antwuan May, a senior from Tylertown.
There are more opportunities for tutoring, for study sessions, more space for students to get together. so I think it will be great," said Kristen Franson, another senior.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Scianna Hall has been scheduled for Sept. 4.