More campus maps installed at UNA

Junior Savannah Herbst uses the campus map in front of Keller Hall. Facilities staff will install the maps by Feb. 20, officials said.

by News Editor Anna Beahm

Students looking for a sign to go to class today need not search for much longer.

The university, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, is adding more maps in key locations across campus.

“All the feedback I have heard from the students has been positive,” said SGA President Nick Lang. “The students I have talked to stated that the maps have helped them to not only find their classes, but also help them find buildings when they are exploring different parts of campus.”

SGA installed the two current maps on campus in summer 2015. One is in front of Keller Hall and the other on the Shelby Way walkway near the Stone Lodge, Lang said in a previous article.

Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Clinton Carter said the university ordered six more maps, bringing the total number of maps on campus to eight.

Facilities staff will install the maps by Feb. 20, he said.

“Apparently, (the maps) were a big hit with students and visitors, so the university wanted to continue the great work of the SGA and offer (the maps) in a few other key traffic areas across campus,” Carter said.

He said the geography department on campus designed the maps. The metal frames are built so the maps can be changed out as campus changes.

“We have mapped out a few areas that we think will help the students the most, but we have not finalized the exact areas for the maps,” Lang said.

Carter said campus and SGA officials have determined the location for five of the six new maps.

These locations are in front of Norton Auditorium, Flowers Hall, Lot K (behind the Guillot University Center), Collier Library and Towers Café, he said.

“The maps don’t currently have any provisions for blind students on campus,” Lang said. “This hasn’t been brought up as an issue. However, if there is a need, I am sure Disability Support Services will help us with providing these accommodations.”

The total cost for each additional map, metal signage and labor is $2,900 each, Carter said. The metal signage has lights that illuminate the signs even when it is dark.

He said he thinks investing funds in this project is good because the maps are used often and will serve the campus for a lifetime.

“The metal signage is sturdy and will be there forever,” Carter said. “It’s a one-time investment.”

He said the only real maintenance required to keep the maps updated is exchanging old maps for new ones as campus changes.

Lang said the university provided the funds for the additional maps, signage and labor.

“If SGA was willing to put some of their own funds into this project and felt very strongly about it, we felt the least the university could do is help them (continue this project),” Carter said.

Carter said he thinks it will be several years before the university adds more map locations.