PTK Courtyard of Scholars serves as an outdoor oasis

PTK Courtyard of Scholars

After two years, two officer teams, and many collaborators, Meridian Community College's Phi Theta Kappa Courtyard of Scholars is now a reality. 

The outdoor relaxation oasis space that's located behind Ivy-Scaggs Hall was officially revealed with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the completion of a campus and community-wide undertaking. 

"What a transformation," said Liz Dudley, a landscape architect with Engineering Plus. "My firm and I had the privilege of working with your students and faculty and staff on the transformation of this courtyard," she told the audience of students, PTK members, community leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators during the ribbon-cutting. 

"And it was a project with your students – not just for your students," Dudley said. 

The area sports outdoor seating, speakers, lighting, and a water feature to create a tranquil spot. There's even a lighted eagle sculpture that adds to the ambiance. "It's just a fabulous space at night; it is something special,” Holladay said. 

MCC PTK advisors Phillis Holladay, Dr. Tommy Winston, and Kristi Williamson spearheaded the undertaking. Holladay listed those who were instrumental in working on the project, including students and instructors from the College's Division of Industrial Technology, Graphic Design Technology, and MCC staffers in the Physical Plant and Communications Division. 

Graphic Design Technology student Janiyaah Phillips was recognized for her art panels hanging in the space, a modern take on the College's signature mosaics. 

"I can think of all the ways our students, faculty, and community can enjoy this space," said MCC President Dr. Tom Huebner. "This exceeded my expectations in every way," he added. 

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