The Oct. 27 Topping Out Ceremony allowed students to sign the last beam to be placed in the Humanities & Social Sciences building under construction at the Menifee Valley Campus
By Diane Rhodes
Administrators, board of trustees’ members, faculty and students gathered next to the construction site of the new Humanities and Social Sciences classroom building at Mt. San Jacinto College’s Menifee Valley Campus for a Topping Out Ceremony on Oct. 27, 2011.
The last metal beam to be placed on the structure was available for signing by students, staff and faculty before it was to be placed inside the building. However, it has now been decided that it will be made into a bench where future generations of students can realize the significant history of the classrooms where they will be taking classes.
Dr. Richard Rowley, the dean of instruction for the disciplines offered in the new building, reflected on the many improvements at the campus during the past decade. He said this will be yet another important expansion to benefit students.
MSJC Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz pointed out that the state is providing 100 percent of the funding for this project through funds that are earmarked to be used only for construction, equipment and furniture for the building. No money is being taken away from student services for this project.
“On behalf of the students here at Mt. San Jacinto College, I’d like to formally thank the faculty, administration and our Board of Trustees for taking all of the important steps needed in making this building a reality for students here today and the future yet to come,” said Mark Qubain, student trustee.
Student Government Association Vice President Joseph Stacy shared his feelings on what the building means to students.
“This building is the epitome of the last part of our mission statement: Our commitment to student learning empowers students with the skills and knowledge needed to effect positive change and enhance the world in which we live,” he explained.
The new structure, designated as the 400 building, will be approximately 33,885 gross square feet and consist of two floors. The first floor will have four classrooms, four laboratory/classrooms, a library area and two assembly rooms. The second floor will have four classrooms, three laboratory/classroom/service areas plus 16 offices for faculty who teach humanities and social sciences courses.
It is expected to open its doors to students by fall 2012.