What's the Future of Wilson Hall? - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

What's the Future of Wilson Hall?

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- For more than 70 years, liberal arts students at ASU have called Wilson Hall "home".  On Saturday September 27th a groundbreaking ceremony was held at ASU for a new Liberal Arts Building.

Sammy Gennuso has taught English for more than forty years at ASU.  He's seen a lot of changes in the building and understands the need for change.

"Our classrooms are ok.  They're passable.  They're not state of the art or up to date," said Gennuso.

Chancellor Robert Potts said while they are thrilled about the future of a new building, there are no plans to tear down Wilson Hall.

"The plans are to maintain Wilson Hall but in a revised form and do renovations for it," said Potts.

Built in 1932, the building is one that almost every student has had at least one class in over the years.

ASU Construction Manager Terry Carty said it would cost more to get the building up to all of the required codes than it would to build the new building.

"We want to find a use for it because it is not built to current earthquake standards.  For example, that will not involve high volumes of people in it like there are now," said Potts.

Wilson Hall has housed a lot of different things over the years including the library, theatre, post office, Wigwam Cafeteria, administration offices, and bookstore.

In the future the building could be transformed into offices or even be placed on the historic registry.

In planning for the future, the new Liberal Arts Building will be built where Caraway Road used to run through campus.  Ground has been broken at the site, but no official construction date is set.

"It's an act of faith since we don't have but a portion of the funding that we'll need, so we hope that the legislature or the governor will look kindly on this project since it's been so many years in the making," said Potts.

The cost of the new building is around 34 million dollars.  Chancellor Potts said they have not been guaranteed any funding other than the $4 million they recently got from the state.  If the school doesn't get the money needed for a new building, then liberal arts students may continue to call Wilson Hall "home" for several more years.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • CCSO: "Substitute teacher" arrested for drug paraphernalia

    CCSO: "Substitute teacher" arrested for drug paraphernalia

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 10:25 AM EDT2017-08-23 14:25:29 GMT
    Wednesday, August 23 2017 4:47 PM EDT2017-08-23 20:47:00 GMT
    Nichole Marie Gibson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Nichole Marie Gibson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

    A woman described as a substitute teacher missed school Wednesday after deputies arrested her for possession of drug paraphernalia.

    A woman described as a substitute teacher missed school Wednesday after deputies arrested her for possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Couple offering unique dining experience and dim sum

    Couple offering unique dining experience and dim sum

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 4:09 PM EDT2017-08-23 20:09:33 GMT
    Wednesday, August 23 2017 4:21 PM EDT2017-08-23 20:21:19 GMT
    (Source: City Wok Dim Sum via Facebook)(Source: City Wok Dim Sum via Facebook)

    What do you get when you marry a security officer with a sushi maker? A unique dining experience.

    What do you get when you marry a security officer with a sushi maker? A unique dining experience.

  • Woman pleads guilty to arson, attempted murder

    Woman pleads guilty to arson, attempted murder

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-08-23 18:07:57 GMT
    Wednesday, August 23 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-08-23 18:22:56 GMT
    Melissa Fike (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff via Vinelink)Melissa Fike (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff via Vinelink)

    A woman arrested in connection with an arson and attempted murder case has pleaded guilty in the case.

    A woman arrested in connection with an arson and attempted murder case has pleaded guilty in the case.

Powered by Frankly