Over the summer there were many changes made to one of the dorms on campus, Gettys. The much-needed renovations took more than three months to complete, but were well worth the wait when the new residents moved in.
“It is just total night and day from the way the rooms looked,” Resident Director Phil Jones said.
Jones worked alongside maintenance and construction services manager James Garcia to make the renovations come to life.
Although Jones is new to being the RD in Gettys, discussions about redoing the dorm had been swirling around for several years by Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Donna Plank.
“When they gave the green light, it was like the heavens opened up,” Jones said.
Some of the renovations included redoing the bathrooms and adding new beds, desks and vanities to better accommodate their residents. There was also new two-tone paint on the walls, along with retexturing them to get rid of the years of repairs and imperfections.
All new flooring was put in throughout the whole building, and, the study area on the second floor was completely redone with computers, tables and couches.
Jones said they tried to hit “all the functional areas of the dorm to make it more appealing.”
One group of students that has really been able to enjoy the renovations are the resident assistants.
“I love all the renovations. It was an old dorm and needed renovations. One big complaint was always the smell, and now it is gone,” Gettys RA and sophomore exercise and sport science major Jonathan Hanson said.
Jones loves the positive reactions from residents, or people who just stop by to take a look.
“Hearing feedback from my RAs and former residents who have moved to other places on campus is the big thing. The feedback has been great,” Jones said.
Many people who have lived in Gettys before the renovations wish the changes had happened sooner.
“It looks so much better now. I wish it would have been like this when I lived here, but I’m happy for the new residents,” junior Christian ministry major Ryan Klopack said.
After doing surveys at the end of last semester, Jones realized the one thing that everyone loved about Gettys was the community among its residents.
“Aesthetics are important, but that’s not what creates the environment. All in all, I have great RAs with great leadership, and I have a great group of residents,” Jones said.
With it being a men’s dorm, one thing that all the residents are happy about are the larger beds.
“Before, my feet would hang off the end of the bed, but now with the longer beds it’s awesome. I love it,” Hanson said.
No matter what type of changes occur in Gettys, one thing they hope to never change is the community it creates.
“This building fosters communal living,” Jones said. “That’s what I like about being the RD here.”