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Missouri Hall on Columbia College campus closes for renovations

[Columbia, Mo.]-Missouri Hall on the Columbia College campus will close beginning Thursday, Jan. 19 as it is renovated to house a new one-stop student services center. Renovations are expected to be complete in 2007.

"It is time that we retrofit this venerable old facility," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College. "It is a reservoir of many fond memories for those who lived within its walls. Our hope is that Missouri Hall will generate, throughout its future, many fine memories found in examples of stellar service to students."

The new student services center in Missouri Hall will include the Admissions office; Evening Campus administration; Registration; Student Financial Services; Financial Aid; Business Office; Evaluations and Transcripts; Student Support Services; Math and Writing centers; and the systems analysts and institutional research specialists.

Offices currently located in Missouri Hall will relocate temporarily beginning Monday, Jan. 16, to accommodate the renovations. Admissions staff will move to 316 N. 10th Street, adjacent to the Columbia College campus. Registration, Evaluations and Transcripts will move to the lower level of Launer Hall on the college campus. In addition, modular buildings on the north side of Brown Hall will house Student Support Services, as well as the Math and Writing centers and the music practice rooms. Access to some services may temporarily be affected while the offices are moved to their temporary locations. For more information, students, alumni and others may visit the Columbia College Web site at

A historic structure on the Columbia College campus, Missouri Hall was completed in 1920 as a home economics building combined with dormitory space. Great care is being taken to preserve the unique history of the building. The college has worked closely with the architects involved in the project to ensure the building’s beautiful parlor is preserved and enhanced in the renovation.

Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies program.

The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational.