Written by Stephanie Rodriguez. Media by Kelsey Neier.
Have you ever become annoyed by having to walk across campus because you need something signed or checked? One office is on one side of campus while the other is on another side. Great news, things are finally changing for the student body.
On January 22nd the admissions office moved to Joy House, which is across the street from the Student Union. The Greenville College committee officially made this decision last semester. Lower Armington is going to become “Greenville Central,” meaning that many offices will come together here to help serve the students better.
This was made possible by a chain reaction that occurred when Enoch Poon, a Greenville College graduate from 1986, and his wife Beth helped GC acquire Chartreuse, the Bed and Breakfast building by the freshman parking lot. They believed the school would benefit by having an extra building to give space to organize the growing college offices.
However, the Admissions office could not be too far away from campus because it would confuse prospective students. This is partly because the destination point of Greenville College in Google Maps automatically takes students to the Student Union which is nowhere near Chartreuse.
Joy House has been the house occupied by the past four college presidents, including President Filby. The board of trustees and President Filby agreed that the Admissions office could be moved into Joy House and President Filby could be moved to the new building. This decision left Lower Armington empty, so it was decided that the offices would be put together here to serve the students better, which is the goal of Greenville College.
John Massena has been part of the Greenville College community since 2005 and is the director of Undergraduate Admissions. He stated that although the move has been an excellent choice for everyone it still carries a bittersweet feeling. The Student Development and Financial Aid offices will stay in Lower Armington. Mr. Massena stated that memories made between the co-workers in all of the offices will stay with them but he misses seeing them daily.
Joy House is a great place for the Admissions office because it feels more homey and less intimidating for prospective students. The service hours of this office are from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. every Monday through Friday, with a few exceptions on Saturdays.
So I ask you, how do you feel about this exciting change?
Want to know more about the move? Check out our interview with John Massena here: John Massena Podcast.