Students have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of what goes on in campus life.
The President’s Round Table was the time and place that was used to discuss the campus related issues that students go through on a daily basis. The student body, faculty and staff took the time to answer any questions and concerns that were brought to their attention through a survey.
“I really commend our Student Government Association on wanting to be sure that the actions that they take in are representing their constituents,” said Terisa Riley, Senior Vice President for Fiscal and Student Affairs.
The first topic discussed was the construction of a parking garage. According to the research Dr. Riley found, the average cost for the complex would approximately be $20,000, including the overhead and architecture fees for designing the project, the video surveillance equipment and swipe card access to get in and out of the complex. “So if you start to do the math you can understand that those parking permits a year are very cost prohibited,” she said.
Existing surface parking lots and streets that are in poor condition. The cost of parking permits was raised from $70 to $100.
“What we did with those funds, basically taking out a loan to do the following improvements on campus,” she said.
The flooding that happens at the corner of University Village and Mesquite Village West on the one or two times it rains a year has become a problem because of the drainage system. The city of Kingsville is working on helping the university construct a drainage system that not only drains all of the water out to another area past Corral Avenue, but it will also reverse drain to underutilized areas.
In additon, resurfacing and repairing all of the parking lots between Turner-Bishop and Martin resident halls was mentioned.
“We have not forgotten the older residence halls,” she said. “What students don’t always see is the investment we have to make in the infrastructure of those buildings.”
Some of these investments include replacing an air-handling units or increases in internet services.
“You probably don’t know all of those things are happening but it is a constant cycle of what is called deferred maintenance,” she said.
New plumming sewage systems, painting rotations, lobby areas, new carpeting, new beds, etc. are all part of a rotation system.
Because the older residence halls like Turner-Bishop and Martin are the foundation of this campus in terms of traditional residence halls their not getting knocked down. Research has shown that freshmen do best in their classes and campus wide engagement when they start living in halls just like Turner-Bishop and Martin, because they need to get out of those rooms and leave their doors open and make new friends.
“We are not about to lose that type of stocking house in our campus,” she said.
Not to mention a survey was done across the state of Texas and has shown that the older residence halls in Texas A&M University-Kingsville are the cheapest residence halls in Texas.
“We did a comparison and we are offering the best rates in college hosing across the public institutions in Texas,” she said. “We have students that demand that price range in order to come to school here or else they couldn’t afford it.”
These were only some of the issues that were brought into consideration and are soon to be resolved. If any student, faculty and staff have any more questions or concerns that would like to be heard, they are welcome to bring them forward to Dr. Riley’s email: terisa,[email protected] or SGA’s email:[email protected]