Hawkins offers new plan for Stivers Center

“It’s going to be fabulous,” said Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins, as she described  Union’s plan for the Stivers Center is to create a regional center for community health and learning. Hawkins presented preliminary plans, sketches and renderings of the facility, which will boast a 10,000 square foot addition, during a public meeting Wednesday evening, January 3, 2018. Union College has offered a plan to acquire the Stivers Center.

The private acquisition of the Center, currently owned by the group Knox Partners, brought into question, will the facility would continue to be open to public use as it currently is. “It will always be open to the community,” Dr. Hawkins assured.

Utilizing the existing facilities and additional programs, the Center will continue to serve the community through health and wellness programs, partnering with local health organizations to bring health fairs, health screenings and other services such as diet and nutritional counseling, directly impacting the health of the local community. Organizations such as ARH and PT Pros have expressed interest in utilizing the Center’s heated therapy pools for their clients.

In keeping in the facility open to the public, it will additionally offer a proposed expansion of Union’s Campus Career Services, opening up to the community assistance with resumes, interview skills, creating business plans and more. The Center will partner with local agencies to increase the impact of workforce support in the community.

The addition to the Stivers Center, which will be renamed the Stivers Center for Health and Learning, will be heavily community-focused in offering programs such as Boys & Girls Club for after-school programs, which bridge a gap for children between life at school and home. The Union College Boys and Girls Club was established in Summer 2017. Like it’s chapters across the nation, the local UCBGC will rely on gifts from local and corporate businesses to help fund programs geared for reaching children.

The College’s acquisition of the Stivers Center depends on approval of a USDA loan, which is expected to be completed by mid-February 2018. The funding of this loan can be up to $750,000.

To see complete details of the plan, go to mountainadvocate.com.