Hancock Celebrates Two New Buildings with Flash Mob During Grand Opening

New buildings are the welcoming "front door" to campus.

BldgsA-BGrandOpening1APRIL 16, 2014 -- A president emeritus of the college, current and former trustees, as well as dozens of faculty, staff and students attended the grand opening of the student services and administration buildings at Allan Hancock College on Tuesday afternoon.  The two-story structures are positioned side-by-side at the east end of campus off the Bradley Road entrances and are the new, welcoming “front door” to the campus.

“These buildings are examples of projects that further our mission to ensure student success,” said Superintendent/President Kevin Walthers, Ph.D.  “By providing one location for all of the services they need helps to nurture and focus our students to accomplish their goals.”

The celebration included a surprise flash mob where nearly two dozen students, faculty and staff performed the choreographed number in the middle of the ceremony.  Dance major Jamel Winder and dance instructor Dianne McMahon choreographed the 90-second routine that prompted an eruption of applause from the audience, many of whom witnessed their first flash mob.  Following the ceremony, guests were able to tour the new buildings and visit with staff in each department.

The new buildings total more than 65,000 square feet and help the college provide one-stop service for its students.  The buildings unite several programs and departments into one centralized location.  Prior to the project, many of the resources were scattered throughout campus.

“We moved in on October 25 and have not looked back,” said interim director of Admissions and Records Marian Quaid-Maltagliati, who had worked in the previous administration building for nearly 30 years.  “The two buildings are an incredible gift from the community.”

BldgsA-BGrandOpening2Now, Counseling, Cashiering, Admissions & Records, Financial Aid and Learning Assistance are on the first floor of the student services structure known as building A.  EOPS, CARE, Cal-WORKs, Cal-SOAP, the University Transfer Center, the Career/Job Placement Center, CAN/TRIO and the Testing Center are located on the second floor.  Building A is nearly 45,000 square feet. 

The 21,000 square foot building B houses administrative offices such as Academic Affairs, Business Services, Human Resources, Public Affairs and the President’s Office.  Many of the departments were located in the old administration building that was demolished in January 2014.

Students expressed their gratitude for having all the essential services under one roof.  “The new building has given students more access to services and to success,” said Peter Gonzalez, president of the Associated Student Body of Government.  “I believe this will benefit Hancock students for years to come.”

The new facilities were made possible by nearly $34 million in funding from Bond Measure I and the state.  To date, Measure I has allowed the college to infuse nearly $20 million in technology improvement for teaching and learning, as well as build or upgrade several facilities including the Industrial Technology building, the Performing Arts Center, the Childcare Center Lab and the college’s track and fields complex and the Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

Construction on the 35,000 square foot industrial technology building is expected to be completed this summer.

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Caption Left: Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin Walthers, Ph.D., greeted guests during a grand opening for the college’s new Student Services and Administration buildings.  The almost $34 million project was funded by Bond Measure I and the state. 

Caption Right: Nearly 20 students, faculty and staff participated in a surprise flash mob during the grand opening ceremony.  The 90-second routine was choreographed by dance student Jamel Winder.

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Last Modified Nov 21, 2014