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New and improved for you

by Luanne Williams

New and returning Bulldogs headed to Wingate University for the fall semester will notice more than a few changes on campus to better serve the school’s growing student body.


The University broke ground on two new 32,000-square-foot residence halls last December. The twin buildings will be home to 109 students each. Wilson East, situated between the soccer field and Wilson Street, is complete. Wilson West, next to the W.T. Harris Dining Hall, will open shortly.

Each apartment unit in the new halls has four two-person bedrooms and four bathrooms. The units feature a living room, kitchen, laundry area and pantry. One bathroom in each is handicapped accessible. A large multi-purpose common area is also part of each building’s design.

Just across the street from Wilson East and West, other housing changes include the transformation of Helms Residence Hall into a first-year, living-learning community featuring 10-student suites. Each has two two-person rooms and two slightly larger, three-person rooms. The larger rooms are furnished with expanded wardrobes and new furniture designed to maximize space. Helms’ bathrooms have been improved to add more privacy, and the lobby has been remodeled to include an office for the hall’s area coordinator, a redesigned laundry room and a small kitchen. The lobby is also being equipped to double as a classroom so that Gateway 101 classes can be taught on site.

About a dozen instructors, who have committed to increased involvement with students in Helms Hall, will teach the classes and coordinate with Residence Life programming to give students who live there increased opportunities for service learning projects. The living-learning community is a new offering for first-year students and will allow those in some majors, such as sport sciences, to live together, making study groups and group projects more convenient and expanding the Universities commitment to seamless learning.

Until Wilson East is finished, some early-arrival students are staying at Holiday Inn Express at 2505 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Monroe.

The University is also still using Hilltop Hall at 1608 E. Roosevelt, which it purchased and renovated last year. Both off-site locations offer a range of benefits, including laundry service. Campus Safety officers will be stationed at the Monroe locations and a shuttle service will run from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. See Shuttle below for details.


The W.T. Harris Dining Hall has undergone a number of improvements this summer:

•   Kitchen capacity has been increased by 60 percent.

•   Seating capacity has grown by 400 seats, with added use of portions of LaVerne Banquet Hall.

•   New menu with expanded vegan and allergy-friendly options.

•   Dessert/Breakfast station – A conveyor toaster, double-sided access to the yogurt station, and a new hot/cold dessert area have been added.

•   Pizza station — Now in the front area of the dining room, this should offer easier access and lessen congestion in the back grill area.

•  Fresh Fruit and Prep area – Students will have easy access to more fresh fruit and can watch as fruits and veggies are prepped for the menu.

•   Waffle station — The old bakery area is now home to two more waffle irons. Be on the lookout for flavored waffle mix this year.

•   Beverages — The station that was an island in the walkway is now against the wall next to the Mongolian grill and offers almond milk as well as the usual choices. A new station has been set up in the first rooms of LaVerne for convenience.

•  To top it off — Since the yogurt bar is no longer near the soft-serve machine, more toppings are available for soft serve.

Learn more about campus dining services.

Hallway with tables, chairs and white boards


The Ethel K. Smith Library has reorganized furniture and installed a plethora of white boards to create more study spaces. The library has also updated its website homepage.  

Campus Safety

A new full-time sergeant has been added to the evening shift. And Campus Safety is implementing a new community policing model.


Access to parking has been improved with six lots added and others upgraded for a gain of more than 400 spaces. Visit the Campus Safety page of the University’s website to view a parking map and get familiar with designations for each lot.


Two vans in front of Stegall.

Students who need transportation from Hilltop Hall or Holiday Inn Express can hop on the campus shuttle any day between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. The shuttle will run every half hour until 9:30 a.m. Beginning at 10 a.m., rides will be available by request. Hilltop Hall residents should call 980-425-0002. The number for the Holiday Inn shuttle is 704-219-4252. Both shuttles will make three stops on campus: McGee Health and Wellness, Dickson-Palmer Center and Ethel K. Smith Library.

Offices on the move

The Office of Residence Life, which was located in the Dickson-Palmer Center last year, has moved to the first floor of Alumni Hall.

The Office of International Programs has a new home at the Young International House on West Wilson Street.

Modern Languages is also now located in the Young International House, on the second floor.

Art classes will now be taught in a facility near the Goodman Service Center.

Advancement is now at home in the former Wingate Town Hall, the historic house on the corner of U.S. 74 and South Main Street.

Stacey Harris, executive director of university events, and other events staff now work from offices inside the Batte Center.

The Office of Marketing and Communications has migrated to The Pharm (the former U-Save-It Pharmacy) at 4007 U.S. 74, next to McDonalds. 

All roads lead to Wingate

The Monroe Expressway, set to open later this fall, will make getting to Wingate even easier. The roughly 20-mile toll road is expected to shave a half hour off the current 50-minute drive from Marshville to Matthews. Cost will be 14 cents per mile. Learn more at NC Quick Pass


Aug. 9, 2018