The Fifth-Year Interim Report

Part III: The Fifth-Year Compliance Certification


3.11.3 Physical facilities

The institution operates and maintains physical facilities, both on and off campus, that appropriately serve the needs of the institution’s educational programs, support services, and other mission-related activities.

Judgment of Compliance

Compliance

Narrative

Alcorn State University (ASU) maintains and operates 1,966,681 square feet of physical facilities that serve the needs of the institution’s educational programs, support services, and other mission-related activities.    These 107 facilities have an assessed replacement value of $421,637,895.00.  The university employs 72.5 facilities management staff members to maintain the main campus at Lorman as well as two off-site locations in Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The university also manages research facilities in Church Hill, Mound Bayou, and Marks, Mississippi.  Evidence that the university’s physical facilities serve the needs of the institutions’ educational programs, support services and other mission related activities is documented in the sections that follow.

Campus Facilities Master Plan
The university has a Campus Facilities Master Plan in place that covers the period from 2012-2022. There is a planned update scheduled for late 2017. This plan serves as a living document to guide the future planning of the university.  The plan will be updated by providing a series of focus group meetings to meet with key constituents to update the plan.

The plan provides evidence that Alcorn State University appropriately serves the needs of the students and university constituents, while providing evidence that the university has areas of need to accommodate future enrollment growth and aging infrastructure.  In the master plan, the architectural firm conducted a thorough space needs analysis that projected space surplus in the areas of teaching laboratories, administrative offices, assembly space, and student center space.  The report projected a deficit in needed space in general classroom space, research laboratory space, athletic space, and residence life space. Specifically, the space needs analysis conducted indicated the following needs for each campus:

These projections have been used to guide future planning.  For example, in order to address the deficit in general classroom space, the university is building a $16 million, 54,000 square foot technology classroom building within the next two years.  There were several key observations from the master planning process that have been very important to guide campus planning efforts:

  • The need to add additional residence halls to replace those that are past their useful life.
  • The need for adding additional supportive services to remove the barriers from a rurally-situated campus.
  • The need to promote a pedestrian friendly campus.
  • The need to improve the quality of existing buildings.
  • The need to develop distinct districts on campus for defined purposes.

 

The university utilizes data from facilities utilization studies to inform decision making.  Every year since 2007, the consulting firm Sightlines has conducted a space/asset allocation study to determine the effectiveness of the university in its facility efforts. The study looks at staffing levels, space allocation, renovation histories, enrollment numbers, and includes an on-site inspection of the quality of grounds and custodial work.  The study indicated that the university space allocation is as follows:

  • 42% Academic/Administrative Space
  • 17% Student Life Space
  • 29% Residence Life Space
  • 12% Support Space

One positive finding in the Sightlines study was the fact that the University has more program space per student than the peer group.  This demonstrates that the university places a high priority on allocating adequate space for its academic divisions. 

Student Feedback:
Student Feedback regarding facility quality and concerns is obtained at town hall meetings held each semester.  Findings from these meetings are used to determine areas that need specific maintenance needs and for future planning. 

The attached campus map  and building guide  is provided to allow a visual tour of the facilities on campus.

Most new construction projects and major repair and renovation projects are administered by the Mississippi Bureau of Building, Grounds, and Real Property Management (BOB), a state agency, charged with the oversight of public building projects in Mississippi.  A listing of recent projects {2} administered by the agency is provided.    Priorities for funding such projects are submitted by each institution in the form of a legislative facilities needs request.  These requests are prioritized based on deferred maintenance needs for the university.  Below are the last four years of facilities needs requests that were submitted to the Legislative Budget Office:

Funded Requests
 

  • 2014 Legislative Session:  House Bill #787-Signed by Governor:  Authorized $9,000,000 in bond funds for the Phase I of construction, furnishing, and equipping of a new Academic Technology Building and related facilities.
  • 2015 Legislative Session:  Senate Bill #2906—Signed by Governor:  Authorized $7,100,000 in bond funds for the Phase II of construction, furnishing, and equipping of a new Academic Technology Building and related facilities.

The university provides services to maintain the physical facilities for educational programs, including classrooms, laboratories, and libraries.  These services include routine maintenance, event support services, set-ups, and management, project management, moving, shipping and receiving, custodial services, utilities management, hazardous waste management, construction management, warehousing, and motor pool management.  

Natchez Campus
The Natchez Campus offers facilities for housing the School of Nursing, and the MBA program.  The Cora S. Balmat School of Nursing was built in 1985, which includes 47,023 square feet of classroom space for all of the nursing programs offered at ASU. The W. K. Kellogg Nursing Center, built in 1990, provides 1,800 square feet of community clinic space. Students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience and the clinic is open to residents of the community, students, faculty, and staff for health care services. 

The MBA program is also offered on the Natchez campus. The Masters of Business Administration Building was built in 2004, which provides 56,191 square feet of classroom and faculty space includes a library/learning resource center and a community auditorium.  The campus also has a dormitory for both male and female residents.  All of the four buildings are in close proximity of each other and conveniently located across the street from Copiah-Lincoln Community College.  Alcorn students, faculty, and staff are allowed to utilize food service facilities at the Copiah-Lincoln Community College campus using a-la-carte pricing. 

The future needs of the Natchez campus are addressed in the Campus Master Facilities plan. (link p.64)

Vicksburg Expansion Center
In 2012, ASU entered into a contract with the Pemberton Square Mall in Vicksburg to lease 8,622 square feet of space and enhance the university’s presence in Vicksburg.  Prior to 2012, the university had a satellite location on Cherry Street and also leased classroom space at Hinds Community College.  This move allowed the university to provide students better access to university services such as registration and student counseling, and additional space for university personnel to hold meetings and workshops.  One of the thrusts of the Alcorn State Vicksburg Expansion Center was to establish and maintain effective relationships with businesses, industry, government, and civic organizations, as well as the Vicksburg-Warren School District.  The ten-year lease of the space, located at 3505 Pemberton Square Boulevard, Vicksburg, included a $500,000 capital build-out to renovate the space.  The Weiner Development Group, the lessor, maintains the exterior of the facility, the parking lot, the HVAC systems, and plumbing and electrical systems.  The expansion center contains the following specific features:

  • Four classrooms
  • 16 workstation computer lab
  • 2 public restrooms
  • Receptionist area and three offices

The total occupancy for the leased space at the Vicksburg Expansion Center is 272 people. 

 

Residence Halls

ASU offers nine residence halls on the main campus located in Lorman, and one residence hall located on the Natchez campus. The Vicksburg Expansion Center is not a residential campus and does not offer stand-alone-degree programs but rather a site for some recruitment events and occasional courses based on market demand and faculty availability.

 

Alcorn State University Residence Halls

 

Residence Hall

Gender

Original Construction

Renovation

2015-2016 Occupancy/Capacity

Amenities

Heritage Village Complex A

Male

2010

Not Applicable

228/231

Wi-Fi, Study Rooms, Laundry, Computer Lab, Semi-private baths; Kitchenette; Vending & Laundry

Heritage Village Complex B

Male

2010

Not Applicable

226/232

Wi-Fi, Study Rooms, Laundry, Computer Lab, Semi-private baths; Kitchenette; Vending & Laundry

Heritage Village Complex C

Female

2010

Not Applicable

265/269

Wi-Fi, Study Rooms, Laundry, Computer Lab, Semi-private baths; Kitchenette; Vending & Laundry

Heritage Village Complex D

Female

2010

Not Applicable

257/260

Wi-Fi, Study Rooms, Laundry, Computer Lab, Semi-private baths; Kitchenette; Vending & Laundry

Burrus Hall

Female

1968

1969,1979,2015

256/279

Ethernet, Cable, Phone Connections; Laundry, Lobby, Traditional Style Double, Community Bath; Vending & Laundry

Honors Dormitory

Female

2001

Not Applicable

145/145

Suite Style, Semi-private Baths, Ethernet, Cable, Phone Connection, Dining Room; Vending & Laundry

Revels Hall

Male

1966

1989

213/218

Wi-Fi in lobby; Ethernet, Cable Phone connections; Traditional style double rooms with community bath; Vending & Laundry

Albert Lott Hall

Male

1962

1989,2017

77/79

Ethernet, Cable, Phone connections; Traditional style double rooms with community bath; Vending & Laundry

Robinson Hall

Female

1965

1989,2017

103/186

Ethernet, Cable, Phone connections; Traditional style double rooms with community bath; Vending & Laundry

Natchez Campus

Co-Educational

1998

2016

50/97

Wi-Fi Access in Lobby; Ethernet Cable TV & Phone Jack, Lounge; Suite Style Rooms with Semi-Private Baths; Vending & Laundry

 

Dining Services
Alcorn State University offers dining services operated by Sodexho. The main dining services are located at the Dr. Clinton Bristow, Jr. Dining Facility, which offers buffet style options seven days a week.  There is also a Pizza Hut and Sub Connection that is located in the J. D. Boyd Student Union Building, and a Starbucks on the first floor of the J. D. Boyd Library. Simply to Go is also operated in the Dr. Clinton Bristow, Jr. Dining Facility where quick orders can be placed.

Natchez Campus
There is no meal plan for students residing in the residence hall located on the Natchez campus, however, there is a kitchen available for students to prepare meals and there are local restaurants for students.  In addition, students are welcome to purchase meals a-la-carte from the neighboring Copiah-Lincoln Community College cafeteria.  

Vicksburg Expansion Center
There are no residential facilities at the Vicksburg Center. Since the center is located in a mall, there are pay-for-purchase food options available in neighboring restaurants within walking distance.  

 

Recreational Facilities

ASU provides a variety of recreational facilities for students, faculty, and staff to use for recreation purposes, intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, and health/wellness. The needs of the athletic program were great at the time that the initial master plan was written, but substantial progress has been made since that time based on the needs of the program. The following projects have been completed or are currently in progress:

  • New scoreboards installed for basketball, baseball, football, and softball
  • New dressing rooms were created to help bring the university into Title IX compliance for various sports
  • The home side of the men’s locker room at the football stadium was completely renovated
  • The planning has been completed for the resurfacing of the tennis courts
  • The track and field events area is being completely rebuilt with completion scheduled for March 2017

 

Below is a chart of the recreational facilities and the various provisions.

 

Facility

Constructed

Renovated

Primary Use

Secondary Use

Willie E. McGowan Sr. Baseball Stadium

2008

Not Applicable

Intercollegiate Baseball

 

Willie Latham Community Park & Bike Trail

 

 

Tennis Courts for Intercollegiate Tennis

Bike & Walking Trail

Intercollegiate Softball Field

Public & Student Use Tennis Courts

Public Use Bike & Walking Trail

Public Use Softball Field

Simmons Gymnasium

1959

1977, 2014

Intramural Sports

Special Events

Alcorn State University Fishing Lakes (3)

 

 

Watershed Lakes

Community and Student Fishing

 

David L. Whitney HPER Complex

1975

2015,2016,2017

12,500 Capacity Gymnasium for Intercollegiate Basketball and Volleyball

Swimming Pool for HPER Department

Dance Studios

Weight Rooms

Coaches’ Offices

Emergency Evacuation Shelter
Arena Space for Graduation & Other Large Indoor Events

 

Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium

1993

2016

22,000 Capacity Stadium for Intercollegiate Football and Intercollegiate Soccer

Arena Space for Large Outdoor Events/Band Competitions

ASU Track and Intramural Field

 

2017

Full-Service Track and Field Events Venue

 

 

 

Library and Learning Resources

The J. D. Boyd Library provides space for over 500,000 volumes. There is a thirty-station computer laboratory, media center with a video classroom, group study rooms, an archival and special collections room, and 140-seat auditorium. The reading and study areas are wired for computer access and are on the first and second floors.

The Natchez Library Learning Resource Center holds resources that are needed by students in the School of Business and the School of Nursing and some general academic search resources.  Additionally, instructors make materials available from the J. D. Boyd Library using the Interlibrary Loan or the reserve book system.

There are no stand-alone educational programs offered at the Vicksburg Expansion Center. When courses are offered at the center, instructors make materials available from the J. D. Boyd Library using the Interlibrary Loan, the reserve book system, or by courier.

Educational Programs—Recent Project Examples

Completed Projects

A new roof was installed in 2012 to the Kenneth L. Simmons Technology Building

  • Renovations to Dumas Hall included new classrooms, student study areas, computer labs, and faculty offices in 2013.
  • The Math and Science Building was renovated in the summer of 2016 to provide new HVAC equipment and retrofits to the fume hoods in the laboratories
  • The Little Theatre in the Fine Arts building was renovated in 2016 to accommodate small musical performances and stage plays.
  • New doors were installed in the Whitney Gymnasium in 2015. 

 

Planned Projects

  • Plans are being created for a new Technology and Classroom building to be constructed within the next two years.  This building will house state of the art classrooms, food vending, and technology.
  • Improvements are planned for 2016-2017 for the resurfacing of the track and tennis courts at the university.

 

The university provides services to maintain the fiscal facilities for support services including residence halls, offices, and dining facilities.  These services include, but are not limited to event support services, set-ups, and management, routine maintenance, construction management, grounds services, landscaping, warehousing, motor pool management, fleet management, moving, custodial services, repairs and renovations, space planning, and shipping and receiving. 

 

Support Services—Recent Project Examples

 

  • Complete interior restoration including new floors and windows was finished in Belle Lettres Hall in 2012.  Belle Lettres is a historic building on the main campus.
  • Complete restoration of Rowan Hall included roof and brick replacement.  Windows were restored and the center has modern exam rooms, medical lab, pharmacy and administrative offices in 2013 to accommodate the university Health Services and infirmary.
  • The Oakland Chapel was repaired and upgraded seat cushions and paintings were completed in 2012.  The Chapel provides meeting space for various university convocations.
  • The Amenities Building was renovated in 2012 to include a variety of locations for student lounge space, bookstore, internet café, and snack vending area.
  • The campus installed a new emergency alert system in 2012. 
  • The university installed a new fire protection loop through the campus in the fall of 2016 and also provided cathodic protection for the university natural gas distribution system.
  • Bowles hall was renovated in 2015 to accommodate a completely remodeled suite for offices of the president, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, university relations, university foundation, and other administrative offices and three large conference rooms.
  • A new athletic study hall was completed in the fall of 2016 for athletes to use for expanded academic support in the Whitney Gymnasium/Sportsplex.
  • A new roof was installed on the Boyd Library in the fall of 2016.

 

Alcorn State University provides various services to maintain the physical facilities for the University’s mission – related activities such as public radio facilities and athletic facilities including event support services and management, sports-turf grounds services, general grounds services, landscaping services, routine maintenance, vehicle fleet maintenance, project management, construction management, warehousing, preventative maintenance, and regulatory agency management.

Other Activities Related to Alcorn’s Mission—Recent Project Examples

  • Renovations were made to the water plant to upgraded equipment and systems in 2013.  The plant received a new roof and damaged building panels were replaced.
  • Construction has been completed in 2015 on a new Product Development Center.  New production equipment and storage area for hot sauce, soy nut cookies, spices, and wine. Renovations include landscaping, adequate parking, and retail space.
  • A 7.5 million Phase I Faculty Housing Project has been approved through bonding allocation by the Mississippi Legislature. 

The Institution’s Plan for Routine and Preventative Maintenance

Routine maintenance continues to be provided by our custodial, grounds, and maintenance department located at each university location.  Routine and preventative maintenance are accommodated on the Natchez campus through close coordination with the staff on the Lorman campus. The Natchez campus employs a general maintenance/multi-craft employee who is responsible for the day-to-day routine maintenance of the campus to include, but not limited to HVAC filters, bulb changing, floor maintenance, and other similar duties. Major repairs are scheduled through the Lorman campus and additional resource personnel are brought in to accommodate these facility needs. The Vicksburg Expansion Center is leased space, therefore all maintenance of the HVAC systems is the responsibility of the agency who leases the space to the university. The university schedules outside contractors to clean carpets, and has a ½ FTE employee at the center who does routine custodial work. The document and tracking systems for the maintenance and custodial areas had changed to a product known as School Dude for more efficiency.  The School Dude maintenance tracking software allows university users to assign work in 6 levels of priority including:

  • Emergency:  Sewer back up, broken pipes, exposed power lines  (needing immediate response, even if after hours)
  • Low:  Minor aesthetic/cosmetic repairs—needs to be done in next 2 months
  • Medium:  Work that needs to be done within the next month
  • High:  Work that needs to be completed in 1-2 days
  • Scheduled:  Routine preventative maintenance and facilities set-up requests
  • Safety:  Routine life safety inspections of fire protection/pest control, etc.

There were 4,824 work orders entered into the School Dude System during the 2015-2016 year.  After these work orders were assigned and duplicate requests and deferred orders were removed, this encompassed a total of 2,363 completed work transactions that were completed by skilled labor in the various trades.  Time to complete these work orders averaged 1.96 hours per work order. 

The Work Order Chart below provides a summary of closed work orders, declined work orders, and deferred work orders during the last three fiscal years.   The attached report provides a detailed summary of work orders by craft/trade area during the most recent completed fiscal year.   Below is a summary of data for the last three years:

 

FISCAL YEAR

CLOSED WORK ORDERS

DECLINED WORK ORDERS

DEFERRED WORK ORDERS

2014

4296

180

1

2015

4824

61

0

2016

4628

80

0

 

The fleet reservation program used by the university is Agile Fleet Management.

ASU continues to schedule preventive maintenance for all major mechanical equipment and building systems. The master plan for the university addresses the deferred maintenance for all sites.  Physical facilities for ASU are constantly being reviewed and upgraded to ensure compliance with this standard.

Preventative maintenance schedules are established for all major mechanical equipment and building systems.  These schedules results in preventative maintenance procedures that are performed on all major mechanical equipment and building systems.  The purpose of any preventative maintenance program is to extend the life of assets and to preempt premature equipment and system failures.  The following is a brief list of equipment and building systems set up on preventative maintenance schedules:

  • Chillers
  • Air handling units
  • Circulating pumps
  • Roof systems
  • Primary electrical services
  • Boilers and pressure vessels
  • Building safety systems

 

The Institution’s Deferred Maintenance Plan
The University has developed a deferred maintenance plan for building needs at all locations. Many of the reasons for this backlog of deferred maintenance can be traced to the building age profile.  Below is a profile of building ages for the University as released in the recent Sightlines study:

 

Building Age Category

Construction Age

Renovation Age

Peer Group

Over 50 Years Old

25%

13%

11%

25-50 Years Old

38%

37%

27%

10-25 Years Old

27%

35%

30%

Under 10 Years Old

10%

15%

32%

The above chart demonstrates that the University faces a challenge of making upgrades or demolishing buildings that are over 50 years old.  A high priority is placed in examining each building, regardless of age, to prioritize on the deferred maintenance plan.  In making these determinations, the university places emphasis on defining the highest return on investment in these structures by updating the building envelope, new mechanical systems, and adding life-safety features which will extend the useful life of the building.

This plan addresses the backlog of physical building needs and prioritizes these needs over a five-year period.  As funding becomes available through University Reserves or bond funding, items in the plan will be approved and the work will be completed.  There will also be an emphasis on demolishing structures that are not feasible to operate and replacing them with more energy efficient structures, or consolidating various functions into vacant space. 

Our deferred maintenance plan was created with careful consideration to help gradually bring several buildings offline by demolition during the next five years (student union, old faculty housing complexes, and Robinson Hall Dormitory) and begin upgrading the building envelope in several key buildings through roof replacements and adding value to older buildings by adding life safety and updated mechanical systems. 

Physical Facilities at Off Campus Locations and Research Sites
Site directors in Natchez and Vicksburg are responsible for identifying and working with the Facilities Management Staff on the Lorman Campus to coordinate large scale repair and renovation projects for their campuses.  Each off-campus location has either university employees assigned to that location or the university periodically utilizes contracted services to accommodate the cleaning and general maintenance of that area.  

Below is a breakdown of the number of employees assigned to provide off-campus services for the main campus and off-campus locations:

 

Campus

Area

Number of Employees Assigned

Lorman Campus

Trades

13

Grounds

9

Transportation

4

Moving and Material Handling

2

Locksmith

1

Custodial Day Shift

19

Custodial Night Shift

6

Water and Wastewater

4

Administrative Support/Clerical/Purchasing/Supervisory

10

Natchez Campus

General Maintenance/Multi-Craft

4

Vicksburg Expansion Center

General Maintenance/Multi-Craft

0.5

Extension and Research Sites at Mound Bayou and Marks, MS

General Maintenance/Multi-Craft

N/A—Utilizes staff from the Lorman Campus or outside contractors as needed

 

Technological Infrastructure

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) is charged with providing technological support for the Lorman main campus, the Natchez campus, and the Vicksburg Expansion Center. As described in the 2013-2017 technology plan, CITS routinely evaluates services that are provided to ensure those services are meeting the needs of the university and off campus instructional sites.

ASU employs several components to enable online and hybrid course delivery through the Blackboard Learn environment. Blackboard Learn is supported by a dedicated onsite team and server administration. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement, Blackboard Learn provides 24-hour help desk support. The University utilizes the Blackboard building blocks system to enhance the online experience and add additional capability where needed.  The Blackboard Collaborate building block adds video, audio, desktop and document sharing providing for synchronous and asynchronous content delivery. 

At Alcorn, the system of record is Ellucian Banner. Alcorn has been a Banner site since 1995 and has developed teams with expertise in the many components, both back-end and user facing modules, that comprise a full installation.  The database is currently hosted in house on an IBM Power System 8286-41A server.  A dedicated onsite team and a 24-hour server administration team administer these hardware and software systems. The DBA and application support are provided through an agreement with Ellucian.

The University’s core data processing and storage functions are designed around a hybrid public and private cloud and traditional physical server model utilizing best fit hosted and on premise solutions. Niche applications which serve a limited number of users and that can be fully integrated or automated with line-of-business systems remotely are nominated for off-site hosting. Enterprise applications, including the SIS, ERP, authentication and security systems, continue to be hosted in one or more of the University’s onsite datacenters. 

The 1,250 square foot main datacenter is located on ASUs main campus in Lorman, MS, which has a temperature controlled, keycard secured, 24-hour video surveyed mixed monitoring and operating space. The main datacenter also houses the campus fiber optic and networking core and the main on-site compute and storage arrays. The main datacenter provides computing resources to branch server systems on the Natchez campus and Vicksburg Expansion Center. The Natchez campus also has a 625 square foot computing floor space that can be designed to provide a hot backup to the Lorman campus and Vicksburg Expansion Center.

The fiber optics and copper outside cabling plant that connects every building on the Natchez and Lorman campuses with a minimum of 12 strands of multimode and six strands of single mode fiber. In 2015, CITS began the process of replacing all active networking equipment from 1GB to 10 GB capable Cisco Catalyst switches to get ahead of enhancements in streaming and online media. This upgrade included increasing Internet bandwidth from 45mb to 1 GB in Lorman, 6mb to 250mb on the Natchez campus, 10 GB backbone speed and re-scoped IP addressing scheme. The new network upgrades were completed summer 2016 to provide management and security features that allow the networking staff to monitor and tune as required. This will ensure that students, faculty, and staff have reliable and secure access to internal resources and the Internet.

The Vicksburg Expansion Center is a smaller location comprised of one building with four classrooms, reception area, three offices and one computer lab.  This location is well served with one new Cisco switch, one Checkpoint firewall and two wireless access points.  No fiber optics are required since Vicksburg’s internet services are provided by a 15MB leased circuit and tied to Lorman Campus by a VPN tunnel created with the Checkpoint firewall.

Research Facilities

The University operates extension and research Facilities on the Lorman Campus, and research stations at off-site locations.

Lorman Campus
The Lorman Campus has 40,770 square feet of dedicated research laboratories under the auspices of various academic departments. Research labs are located in the following buildings or locations:

 

Building or Location

Research Type

Ecology and Natural Resources Building

Mississippi River Research Center

Ecology and Natural Resources Building

Genetic Plant Research

Biotechnology Building

Genetic Plant Research

Model Demonstration Farm

Genetic Plant & Soil Science Research

Meat Goat Facility

Meat Goat Research

Cattle Farm

Braham Influence Cattle Research

 

Off Campus Research Sites & Facilities

Alcorn State University Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center – Bolivar County, MS
The Alcorn State University Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center was established in spring 1995 with forty-five (45) acres of land leased from North Bolivar County Development Corporation. The center is the first off-campus agricultural educational outreach center in the extension’s history devoted to extension and research demonstrations. The Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center is located in Mound Bayou (Bolivar County), Mississippi, and is a low-income rural area the heart of the Mississippi Delta.

This area is where traditional agriculture and off-farm employment do not present a solution to the poverty of many families attempting to make a living from the operation of small family farms. Furthermore, Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) has placed special emphasis on the production of sweet potatoes in the area. Hence, research and demonstration previously geared towards sweet potato production and marketing are conducted at the center with participation with scientists from Alcorn State University, Mississippi State University, USDA.ARS research station at Stoneville, Mississippi and local farmers.

Vegetable Processing Facility – Marks, MS
Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) working closely with (the Quitman County Board of Supervisors, North Delta Mississippi Enterprise Community), the North Delta Produce Growers and Association Mississippi Association of Cooperative has established a fresh vegetable processing facility in Marks (Quitman County), Mississippi, which is the center of the North Delta Mississippi Enterprise Community. Under this agreement, Alcorn State University’s Cooperative Extension Program has provided the leadership in the establishment of a facility. The facility was built in 2000 and includes 8070 GSF of vegetable processing space.

The Cooperative Extension Program will also work closely with the North Delta Produce Growers Association into other areas to include farmers in all of the targeted counties in the North Delta Mississippi Enterprises Community, which is a federal rural designation. This facility will serve as a value-added processing, assembly line and temporary storage facility for fresh vegetable that is either ready for immediate consumption or prepared for additional processing.

This facility is used to assist farmers in vegetable production practices through demonstrations, workshops and seminars. The facility will also be used to educate farmers on sanitation, post-harvest handling techniques and also help to expand marketing opportunities for present and prospective vegetable framers in the North Delta.

 


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Campus Facilities Master Plan ASU Master Plan 2012-2022
space needs analysis Space Needs Analysis
space/asset allocation study Sightlines Presentation
town hall meetings Agenda - Town Hall Meeting
campus map Campus Map
building guide  ASU Building List with images
FY 15 Facilities Needs Requests Facilities Needs Request for FY 2015
FY 16 Facilities Needs Requests Facilities Needs Request for FY 2016
FY 17 Facilities Needs Requests Facilities Needs Request for FY 2017
FY 18 Facilities Needs Requests Facilities Needs Request for FY 2018
future needs of the Natchez campus p64 ASU Master Plan 2012-2022
School Dude for more efficiency Sample Completed Work Order
attached report Work Order Report
Agile Fleet Management Agile Fleet Commander Screenshot
deferred maintenance plan Deferred Maintenance Plan
2013-2017 technology plan Technology Plan 2012-2017
fiber optics and copper outside cabling plant Cable Plant