Life at the Warner Robins Campus Takes on a Whole New Meaning
By Renee Pearman
Lynn McCraney (left), MSC dean
of students, Michael Stewart and Lisa Goodwin, both Student
Life Program coordinators, on the job at the Warner Robins
by Danny Gilleland
classes have not yet begun at Macon State College’s new Warner
Robins Campus, but the Student Affairs staff already has scheduled
events through the middle of next spring.
From career expos to an international festival to health screenings
to special lectures, Macon State students attending classes in Warner
Robins will have a chance to enjoy a “real campus” experience.
The Warner Robins Campus is more than triple the size of the approximately
12,000-square-foot Warner Robins Center (which closes at the end
of the summer term when faculty, staff and students move to the
new location on Watson Boulevard), and Lynn McCraney intends to
take full advantage of the extra space.
“I equate the additional space with additional opportunities
for Student Life-sponsored activities at the new campus,”
said McCraney, a 1987 graduate of Macon State who is now the College’s
dean of students.
Within days of the official opening of the Warner Robins Campus
on Aug. 4 (with classes beginning Aug. 19), the Office of Student
Life will host a New Student Orientation, and later in the month
there will be a two-day Grand Opening Festival, again hosted by
the Student Life staff.
“We will be on hand to welcome students to the new Warner
Robins Campus,” McCraney said. “We will have food, prizes,
music and lots of give-aways.”
The Student Life Program, which falls under Macon State’s
Office of Student Affairs, is designed to complement the College’s
academic curriculum and provide support and leadership training
for students. MSC Student Life programs, publications, organizations,
service learning projects and special events are funded by the $44
per term activity fee paid by students enrolled for four or more
“Student Life has been sponsoring activities at the Warner
Robins Center since it opened in 1991,” McCraney said. “In
fact, this past academic year, there were more than 40 separate
events for our students taking classes in Warner Robins. They had
health screenings, Movie Madness Days featuring popcorn and sodas,
ice cream socials, international food sampling as part of our annual
International Festival and novelty attractions such as Funny Fotos
and Wax Hands.”
Currently, there are more than 25 active student organizations
at Macon State. While a Warner Robins Campus-based student organization
has yet to emerge, McCraney said several students have approached
her about forming a Macon State College chapter of Houston County
Habitat for Humanity. Several years ago, the Student Government
Association added a senatorial position for the Macon State College
center in Warner Robins.
Membership in all recognized MSC student clubs and organizations
is open to any student currently enrolled for at least three hours
Paul McCord, right, Student Government
Association president, checks out the new science lab at the
Warner Robins Campus with fellow student Dominique Johnson.
by Danny Gilleland
“We hope that students attending classes at our new Warner
Robins Campus will be interested in forming student clubs and organizations,
and we stand ready to help,” McCraney said. “We also
hope that students in our four-year programs will organize chapters
of major-related organizations, such as the MSC Chapter of the Association
of Information Technology Professionals, the MSC Association of
Nursing Students and Phi Beta Lambda for business majors.”
McCraney said Student Life Program Coordinator Lisa Goodwin will
oversee Student Life functions at the Warner Robins Campus.
“We are thrilled at the prospect of having student organizations
in Houston County for the first time,” McCraney said. “As
we continue to offer students more choices of academic majors, the
clubs and organizations associated with those majors will flourish.
“Additionally, there is space available for club meetings
and events and staff dedicated to assisting interested students
and faculty with the establishment and support of these organizations.
For the first time, MSC students in Houston County have a chance
to be part of a real college campus, and we will make sure that
‘real campus’ experience includes Student Life opportunities.”
To learn more, call the MSC Student Life office at 471-2710.