Sam Garrie

Mississippi University for Women is excited to announce the grand opening of The Nest, a vibrant and dynamic student-focused space, Monday, April 15 in the Hogarth Student Center at 7:30 p.m.

“We are excited to open a space that was envisioned by students, for students. I am proud of the advocacy shown by SGA throughout this project, and we are grateful to the campus offices that partnered with students to make this a reality,” said Jess Harpole, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

The Nest aims to be more than just a place to study. The communal space was designed by students and for students to gather, socialize and engage in various activities. The grand opening event will kick off with an open mic night, providing students with a platform to showcase their creativity.

The space includes a lounge area, a whiteboard for student groups or individual study and an arcade system. The Nest will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight. Additionally, the space will serve as a platform for showcasing student artwork and talent, as well as expanding other services that enrich the student experience.

The vision for The Nest emerged from a collaborative effort among the Student Government Association and university administration. The idea originated from students’ suggestions to then SGA Senator Sam Garrie, now SGA president.

“Students were searching for an additional space on campus, besides the library or the cafeteria. The SGA wanted a small, intimate and centrally located area yet big enough to host several groups of students looking to socialize. We believe the Nest will be a great addition to student life on campus,” said Garrie.

Through careful planning and dedication, the project has come to fruition, reflecting the commitment to enhancing the student experience on campus.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in the celebration of The Nest.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

Be Bold. Tower with Blue.