Residents invited to tour UB North’s Hawksbill Hall at Open House event

OFFICIALLY OPENED – The University of The Bahamas held a ceremony to mark the official opening of the Hawksbill Hall student residence dormitory. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

The University of The Bahamas (UB) Northern Campus is inviting interested members of the public to tour its recently completed residential Hawksbill Hall, during the upcoming Open House event.

Vice President of the UB Northern Campus, Dr. Ian Strachan made the announcement during a press conference on Wednesday, June 13.

He said that touring begins Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each work day.

Strachan noted that a guide will be on hand to answer any questions about living at the Hall.

“We want to give the public an opportunity to see the facility first hand,” he said.

Persons interested, and seeking further information can call 688-5949 or send an email to housingubnorth@ub.edu.bs.

“Now Grand Bahama is a viable alternative to New Providence,” Strachan noted, while giving a breakdown of the rates available for UB residential living.

The single occupancy residence comes at a cost of $200 a month, and $800 per semester, revealed the vice president, adding that there are two meal plans available. Meal Plan A costs $270 a month and $9 per day, which brings the total to $1,520. With meal Plan B, which costs $470 a month and $16 a day, the total is $1,880.

For double occupancy persons will pay $125 a month and $500 per semester and with meal Plan A that comes to a cost of $720, which is $180 a month and $6 a day. With meal Plan B the total comes to $1,580 per semester, broken down that is $395 per month and $13 per day.

Each semester is four months, through the time periods of August to December and January to April. Meal plans are mandatory and Plan A lasts for a month or 30 days, with two meals per day and Plan B lasts for a month of 30 days as well with three meals per day.

“We feel like these rates are extremely competitive,” he added.

Strachan noted that there are many degree programs offered to completion on the Northern Campus, although there are still many that are not available; however, UB is working to improve that.

UB North Dean of Students, Teo Cooper provided information on the amenities available at Hawksbill Hall.
“We are so very excited to have this opportunity to open the Hall to the public, because after all it is a public university,” he said.

He noted that the Hall has 28 double rooms and 28 single rooms encompassed in suites.

“We have 14 suites and each has two double occupancy rooms, and two single occupancy rooms,” he said.

He added that there are also two handicapped accessible rooms, a full service cafeteria, 24-hour computer lab room with printing services, recreation room outfitted with a dining area and television. There is also a coin laundry facility and fitness room outfitted with treadmills, weights and other fitness equipment.

Viviane McIntosh, Assistant Director for Residential Life and Student Advocacy at UB North, said that students can expect a unique experience.

“They would be able to attend social events such as movie nights, karaoke and barbeque nights. They will also be exposed to seminars about conflict resolution, study skills, time management and other topics.

“The foundation of anything to be successful is the environment in which one interacts; therefore, together we will build a community that is stable and safe for residents, where the well-being of each member is sensitively supported and where helping is encouraged,” she said.

McIntosh added that they would also seek to create a community, where the accomplishments of others is celebrated.
Meanwhile, Strachan revealed that there are plans to create a retail store on campus in the future.

“We want to see a shopping plaza on campus. We are hoping that we can offer a number of services to students,” he added.

Strachan noted that currently there is nowhere to buy dry goods nearby, neither is there a gas station or other outside amenities.

“These are some of the things we believe we can offer on our campus and so we will be announcing, soon, the proposal for possible investors who would like to partner with the university to develop something like that on campus,” he said.

According to Strachan, UB currently has about 500 students and close to 50 employees.

The official opening and plaque unveiling for Hawksbill Hall, the first residential facility at UB North, took place on Monday, May 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. on the university’s campus.

Hawksbill Hall is the first residential facility at the UB Northern Campus and was named in honor of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which established a free trade zone as economic stimulus for Grand Bahama.

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) contributed to UB Northern Campus with the 50 acres of land and the $3 million investment in the development of Hawksbill Hall.

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