SGA revamps campus signs

Justin Kucharski

In an effort to make Marywood more accessible for students and visitors, the Student Government Association (SGA) is revamping signs and maps around campus.

The updates are coming as two separate projects: the construction of new exterior signs and the enhancement and addition of campus directories.

SGA Vice President Brandon Morley and his committee came up with the idea at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Morley, who has seen both current and prospective students struggle to find their way around campus, said he believes the new signs offer a solution to navigating campus.

“I think once it’s all completed and once [the signs are] up, it will be great for students going to Marywood, prospective families coming to visit Marywood and families who are coming to their children’s sporting events,” said Morley.

Sophomore Architecture Major Alex Laudone and Student Campus Safety Officer Jason Mandicott are using roughly $1,300 worth of materials purchased by SGA along with some resources from the School of Architecture to put the exterior signs together.

Once completed, members of Marywood’s Buildings and Grounds department will place them in the ground.

SGA worked with Art Director Carrie Toomey in the Marketing and Communications department to polish campus directories, removing details that are no longer applicable on campus and adding new areas to the directories like the Writing Center in order to make them more useful to students.

Locations for the new signs are still being determined, but some proposed areas include commuter parking lots, the Center for Athletics and Wellness and the Learning Commons. Five new campus directories will also be placed around campus, but those locations are still being considered, according to Morley.

Assistant Vice President of Buildings and Grounds Wendy Yankelitis said she believes the new signs will benefit prospective students.

“I think it helps one for admissions because now if you’re telling people where to go, they clearly understand where the building is and where the office is,” said Yankelitis. “We want to make sure they are accurate and it’s easy for both visitors and incoming students to know what we have to offer and where you can go to find it.”

Signs and directories are currently being built and printed with hopes to have them out by late March to early April, but that may be delayed if necessary, according to Morley.

Rachel Looker contributed to this article.

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