Grayson College hosted an open house of a dormitory named after a long-time board trustee.
Students started living in the dorms in the fall semester and the school named the 99-bed facility after Ralph Jones, a 48-year member of the Grayson College Board of Trustees.
“I still can’t believe it,” Ralph Jones said about having the dorm named after him.
Grayson College trustees approved the dorm project in 2017 and the 99-bed, three-story dorm building brings the total number of beds on campus to close to 200 beds.
The dorm features several double-bed rooms, as well as a few suites featuring two-joint, two-bed rooms with shared bathrooms. It is the second dormitory on campus since the construction of the original Viking Hall. The dorms are a part of the college’s ongoing recent expansion.
Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen told open house attendees that he is excited about the facility.
“To have the idea to build a dormitory to serve our students in a different way, to improve their quality of life takes courage to take that to the board of trustees was amazing,” McMillen said. “I wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t have a visionary college staff and team.”
McMillen said the project came in right on budget around $5.7 million and houses 99 students.
“Anytime you look at the quality of life on a college campus it’s an important element,” McMillen said. “ We felt we needed to add this dormitory in order to do that. It allowed us to do a number of things. We were able to add a men and women’s basketball team, a pep band and a cheer program to our campus.”
Grayson College Board of Trustees member Ronnie Cole said he was excited to name the facility after Jones.
“It’s not very often you get to dedicate a building named after somebody,” Cole said. “This is quite an occasion for us. When people came up Ralph’s name it was a no-brainer that was the end of discussion. We couldn’t think of anybody better.”
Grayson College student Shelby Vasquez spoke to the crowd, thanking the board for the new dorms.
“I want to say how thankful I am for this residence hall,” Vasquez said. “I am a home body. This has allowed me to gain independence in a safe environment. I love being here, to experience college with my friends. It allows me to have the whole experience, thank you.”