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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods details master plan

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods President Dottie King. (photo courtesy of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College)

SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — After a year of development, President Dottie King has launched a new master plan for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The college says the goal is to look at how it will position its physical space to enhance the community for students, while “establishing a future athletics district on the north end of campus and preserving its historic campus and natural setting.”

During a presentation with other college officials, King outlined her vision for the next five years, 10 years, and beyond.

“We looked at land, building and space usage as well as the historical nature of our campus as plans were being sketched out as to what the campus might look like in the future,” said King. “We paid special attention to look at our beautiful green spaces and took into account the pedestrian pathways for our students as we consider where to expand parking and adjust traffic patterns.”

Among the goals for the next five years, the master plan aims to complete the college’s new residence and dining hall, which is set for August. The school also looks to update and renovate a variety of spaces on campus, including the creation of a new student success center; addressing parking, exterior lighting, wayfinding and pedestrian pathway needs; and renovating the auditorium at the college’s Conservatory.

SMWC also plans to develop a full athletics complex on campus as it adds several new programs this year, including men’s basketball, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s wrestling, and swimming and diving. The college will also look to add a second doctoral program.

Over the next 10 years, the college seeks to add a third residence hall to address increasing enrollment, expand academic space with an addition to Hulman Hall, and expand equine facilities with a community event center and academic offerings.

You can view the full list of goals outlined by SMWC’s master plan by clicking here.

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