Tompkins recreation and retail areas opened



TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 7, 2014) — The Tuskegee University Student Government Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the restaurant and recreation areas in Tompkins Hall today. Located on the lower level of the building that houses student dining, the restaurant and recreation areas are among the last phases of the hall’s renovation. 

“Tompkins Hall was built in 1907 and has been the heart of campus ever since,” said Kyle Spencer, SGA president 2013-2014.

Closed in 2011, Tompkins underwent a massive renovation of more than $30 million and re-opened its doors to the public in late 2013. In addition to a restaurant and games area, the building will house Student Life and SGA offices, a 24-hour study hall, a ballroom, and a mailroom. 

During his remarks, Acting Tuskegee University President Dr. Matthew Jenkins said Tompkins Hall holds many special memories for him and he even met his wife there when he was a student. He encouraged students to enjoy the improved facility, but to be mindful of their need to study. He also said everyone in the university community should consider themselves Tuskegee ambassadors and should help make sure Tompkins will always be in great condition. 

“You want to treat it as if it’s yours, because it is yours,” Jenkins said. “We have got to look at being at Tuskegee as if we’re at our own home because we’re concerned about it and we love it.”

Student Union ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Student Union restaurant.

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