Renovated multipurpose space welcomes Oconee students

This past summer, University of North Georgia’s Oconee campus completed an extensive remodel of the Wellness Center space into what is now officially the Bishop Wellness and Activities Hall.

This is what the sign says it is. (Photo by Sarah Daftarian)

Bishop Hall is located in the 700 building across from the UNG bookstore. The hall is a large open space, with many chairs and tables to accommodate groups of students.

Cyndee Moore, executive director of Oconee campus, worked closely on the renovation.

“We had this space that we were really only using for orientation and big assemblies. We just wanted to make it more student-friendly,” Moore said.

The school spent approximately $29,000 on new carpet, fresh paint, tables, chairs and metal rails for hanging art.

“Everything is movable. So we can move it all out if we need to put in chairs for orientation or big assembly,” Moore said. “But then we can put it back to a space that just feels really comfortable and inviting so students can come in and spread out a little bit.”

On a recent visit to Bishop Hall, a handful of students were hanging out and enjoying some free time before their next class.

The hall has always been dedicated to the Bishop family in honor of their legacy at the Oconee campus. The Bishops owned the property on which the campus is built.

Bob Bishop’s family owns Bishop Farms, right next to the Oconee campus. The Bishops have maintained a close relationship with UNG for decades.

“Education has been a key element with my family since my parents,” Bishop said. “We’re glad that [UNG] is here. We want to be part of the growth and future of UNG.”

Moore is excited for students to utilize this new space.

“This is a perfect time to remind people where we came from and hopefully show them where we are going,” Moore said.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Bishop Hall on Jan. 9.

“We want to rededicate the area and have students and the community know that it is here, Moore said. “We’ll just be inviting members of the chamber, community and students.”

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