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New study, lounge area to be unveiled in Kelce Hall at Pittsburg State

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A new study and relaxation area for students in the Kelce College of Business will be unveiled during a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 16.

Dubbed the Kelce Backstage Commons, the space will serve as a place for business students to study and relax. It includes a large study room and areas for individual students and groups to study. It also includes two student organization offices, one for Enactus and one for the MBA Association, and a public gathering spot with lounge chairs and a sofa.

The reclaimed area, which originally served as the stage for the former College High School’s theater program, was made possible through a $20,000 donation from Fastenal. Representatives from Fastenal will be present at Friday’s ribbon cutting event.

“The Backstage Commons is the type of public space that the Kelce College of Business has lacked for a number of years,” said Dean Paul Grimes. “We desperately needed an area for students to work on team projects and to gather for study groups. With the financial support from Fastenal, the college is taking a step toward building an environment that will support the collaborative academic environment which our curriculum demands.

“Fastenal recruits and hires business students from Kelce, and they wanted to give back to the college and university,” Grimes said. “This is a very visible sign of their generous support.”

For the past 25 years, the area had served as additional practice and storage space for the Pittsburg State Department of Music. The space became available for renovation when the Department of Music assumed the former Student Health Center building for its purposes.

“It was cleaned out and repainted with carpeting covering the old concrete floors,” Grimes said. “Renovations included removing the old toilets and sinks from the dressing rooms and installing a new ceiling and lights. Modern furniture, work carrels, a white board and bulletin board were installed. We included plenty of electrical outlets for laptops and chargers.”

The Kelce Backstage Commons will be open anytime Kelce Hall is open, Grimes said.

Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony will be conducted in conjunction with the Kelce Board of Advisors spring meeting.

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