Ariz.—Students at the main campus of Dine’ College now have new housing.
On Sept. 18,
college faculty, administration, special guests and the general public
celebrated 32 new housing units and the newly renovated Student Union Building.
A Title III
grant from the U.S. Department of Education funded the new housing units and
building renovations, at a cost of more than $15 million. The housing units
totaled $13 million and the SUB renovations were completed at a cost of $2.1 million.
The housing complex
incorporated Navajo cultural elements and are a mix of two and three-bedroom
units with a full service kitchen, bathroom, washer, dryer, microwave,
refrigerator and stove.
each unit will have wireless Internet access for students to work on their
studies. Perimeter fencing around the complex was included for child safety and
George, Dine’ College President, said the SUB was constructed in 1972 and a lot
of work went into making it shiny and new. The college utilized the “one stop
shop” concept and the SUB now houses student services, admissions, financial
aid, registrar, and student advisors.
“It’s still a
work in progress. We have some monies that we will be putting into the
auditorium and we’re hoping to have that done by December,” George said.
that Dine’ College received another $16 million grant from DOE three weeks ago,
which will be split and used for student success and programming focused on
access to higher education, retention, persistence and graduation rates.
The other $8
million will go to building renovations and for fiber optic connection from the
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority last mile project.
Dine’ College received word earlier in the week about their selection for a
$2.5 million grant for a STEM initiative from the National Science Foundation.
Vice President Jonathan Nez provided the keynote address.
“On behalf of
my nalí, President Russell Begaye, we congratulate you on this milestone for
the college. Take care of your renovated student union building, it cost more
than $2 million to complete,” said Vice President Nez.
housing units are going to provide Navajo families an opportunity to return to
school and reach their educational goals, an admirable goal in step with
self-determination and self-reliance, he noted.
“The one stop
concept should be out there at all our communities. Every chapter wants a
senior citizens center, chapter house and youth center. With the budget
deficit, we need to start promoting the one stop shop concept,” he said.
President Nez attended Dine’ College as a student and as an adjunct faculty
member, teaching classes in history and government.
cutting ceremony, barbecue luncheon and a tour of the housing units concluded
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