Changing the Green Room of the John F. Gibson University Center to a user-friendly student hangout is one of four projects selected for funding from the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Centennial Opportunity Fund.

Placing outdoor seating in various locations around the UAM campus, furnishing the Student Union of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee with indoor and outdoor furniture, and updating GPS technology resources for land surveying students in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources are the other projects selected for funding.

The student hangout project includes the addition of two 70-inch televisions, improved wireless access to accommodate the faster speeds of current mobile devices, wall-mounted collaboration work stations with charging ports and charging lockers to allow students to charge their electronic devices in a secure location, with bean bag furniture that students can arrange to meet their needs.

“The effect of this project is to create an inviting space for students that’s both functional and fun,” explained Jay Jones, vice chancellor for finance and administration and chair of the Centennial Opportunity Fund Committee. “We know that today’s always-connected student doesn’t stop learning when they leave the classroom. And we believe providing students with a dedicated space to meet and spend time with friends will have a positive impact on recruiting, retention and ultimately, student success.”

The Centennial Opportunity Fund was established in 2009 in observance of UAM’s centennial celebration and is comprised of a $1 million endowment from 100 $10,000 donations. Interest from the endowment is used to fund projects selected by a campus committee.