The Maranatha campus has experienced many improvements over the summer. Buildings have been repaired, and offices have been relocated and redecorated.
Carey Dorm and two duplexes were reroofed by a group of volunteers with Independent Baptist Builders International. The team consisted of eight professional builders who volunteer their vacation time to help ministries with building projects.
The goal of IBBI is to help ministries internationally. Those assisted by IBBI save thousands of dollars, completing many projects that would have otherwise taken years, especially on remote mission fields.
Maranatha has been blessed with an IBBI team for two summers in a row, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars savings for the school. Steve Board, Maranatha’s Director of Development, is an IBBI board member. He helped to connect the IBBI ministry with Maranatha.
Changes also came to the Learning Assistance Program this summer, as it changed its name to Academic Success Center and moved from Old Main to the Cedarholm Library. “It is my hope,” says program director Christina Miller, “that this name change will help the students view the Academic Success Center as a positive resource that can be utilized by all students, regardless of their academic strengths or struggles.”
Miller also explained her expectation for the library move. “I believe that the move to the Library will make my office and its resources more visible to the student body. It is my hope that students will recognize the value in using our resources to enhance their learning processes.”
The Maranatha Gymnasium also saw improvements over the summer. The old asbestos flooring in the back hallway was replaced, greatly improving the appearance. The floor is fresh and built to last.
One of the original buildings on campus, Century House, received a major improvement over the summer. The old kitchen back entrance was modified into an official entrance with a staircase to the instrument practice rooms. The stairway improves access to the practice rooms, which will be most appreciated during the winter months.
The stairway is not the only improvement to Century House. The instrument storage room also received a renovation.
Maranatha offers a preschool to the community called Kiddie Kampus. Layna Stuerwald is the director. Their playground was also expanded over the summer.
The appearance of front campus received a freshening up in July when parking lots A2 and A3 were seal coated and repainted.
The football field looks sharper now with a freshly repainted press box. The Maranatha blue and gold are displayed for all to see on the long standing press box.
The Online and Distance Learning office is moving from the small office on Old Main’s first floor to a newly designed double office space on the second floor of Old Main. The expanded space is much needed for the fastest growing department of Maranatha. The office will now be able to handle more personnel and will have a reception area for Online students who come to visit campus.
The colors in the office are dramatic and appealing, with the deep Maranatha blue and Online orange. Anyone one interested in seeing the new office is more than welcome to stop in.
Old Main has received major redecoration. Couches have been replaced in lobby and hallway areas, and a fresh look has been created with wall hangings.
Maranatha is blessed to have a great team, as well as volunteers, to improve the college grounds and facilities. We appreciate all who have helped, either in giving of time or money, to make the students’ lives better.