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Turner Hall

Mississippi University for Women recently celebrated the recommissioning of the Demonstration School to support the enrollment growth in the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology.

Now Turner Hall, the project is in the construction document phase, which includes preparing drawings, specifications and bidding documents.

The space will include classroom and clinical space, as well as house smart classrooms.

“The speech-language pathology undergraduate and graduate programs are extremely excited and proud as we anticipate having Turner Hall as our new physical facility. This renovated building will provide larger, state of the art classroom space for Nursing and SLP academic programs,” said Joy Townsend, interim chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology.

Architectural Rendering“The larger spaces will allow for program growth. The MUW Speech and Hearing Center, also housed in Turner Hall, will be an updated clinical space which should be a huge benefit to student clinicians and the clients served,” she added. The university’s Board of Trustees authorized the naming of the building formerly known as the Demonstration School in honor of Alma W. Turner, Ed.S. ’81, and the Art and Design Building as Eugenia Summer Hall.

Turner was the principal of the Demonstration School from 1985 to 1995. During her 10 years as principal of the Demonstration School, the school consistently produced the highest test scores in the Columbus Municipal School District and she was credited with implementing many programs there.

Architectural RenderingDuring this year’s Homecoming festivities, the official ceremony to name Summer Hall will take place prior to the Welcome Home reception hosted by the Lowndes County Alumni Chapter. The event is scheduled for Friday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Art and Design Building.

Summer ’45, a professor emerita of the university, retired from The W in 1987 as head of the Division of Fine and Performing Arts.

Turner (2008) and Summer (2005) each received honorary doctorates from The W.