Coastal Georgia Campus Tour
Founders Gate with the Bishop Arch
The signature entrance to the College is the Founders Gate with the Bishop Arch on Altama Avenue across from Brunswick High School. Founders Gate stands as a tribute to the many families and community leaders who helped to establish the original college in 1961. The other two entrances are Presidents Gate, further south on Altama, which honors the four previous presidents of the college, and Alumni Gate on 4th Street.
The Campus Center
The Campus Center not only sits in the center of campus, it IS the center of campus life. Completed in July 2011, the 48,000-square-foot, two-story complex includes where we eat, where we meet and where we were greeted when we enrolled for school. On the second floor are the office of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students and the student health center. The first floor is home base – the Mariners Galley for our meals; the Lighthouse Bookstore, which includes a coffee and fruit smoothies shop; the Stembler Theatre for movies, entertainment and special guest lecturers; and student lounges for study, discussion or even catching the TV headlines and headliners.
Student Activity Center
The Student Activity Center, known simply as the SAC, is east of the Campus Center, with the tennis courts in between. The SAC houses the offices for varsity athletics, some of the student organizations, as well as the game room and arcade, the recreation center and the lounge reserved for military veterans taking classes on campus.
The Lakeside Recreation Area
Outside the SAC, you’ll see the fountain in our lake, as well as the dock and picnic pavilion. This is also where you’ll find the sand volleyball courts, outdoor basketyball courts, walking trail, Murphy-Kuchar putting green and the challenge course. The putting green is named after two local residents, PGA golfer Matt Kuchar and Reg Murphy, former president of the U.S. Golf Association, who provided the money to make our putting green possible. If you like golf, this area is blessed with lots of terrific courses, including the internationally-famous courses and facilities of Sea Island Resorts where our golf teams train and practice.
The Marta Torrey Tennis Complex
Bill Torrey is another local resident, Mariners fan and supporter of the College. The Marta Torrey Tennis Complex with 12 Coastal Georgia blue courts, is named in honor of his wife who, when she was living, loved to play tennis. This is home facility for our men’s and women’s tennis teams.
The Howard Coffin Building
The Howard Coffin Building – which houses our gymnasium - is one of the oldest buildings on campus. The building is home to our men's and women's basketball programs, as well as our natioally ranked women's volleyball team. It was dedicated in 1969 and honors Howard Coffin. Coffin was the founder of the Hudson Motor Company, the National Air Transportation Company (which merged to become United Airlines), Sea Island Investments (which was the beginning of the world-famous resort and community), and by his investment in a successful experiment to process Georgia pine chips into paper pulp, Brunswick Pulp and Paper Company.
All of these facilities are within easy walking distance of Lakeside Village, our on-campus student housing. Lakeside Village, which was completed in 2011, provides more than 350 beds in two-bedroom semi-suites, two-bedroom full suites and four-bedroom suites. The building includes laundry facilities, gathering spaces and study areas. The residents-only parking can hold 300 cars and all of it – the parking lot, the building and the suites - is controlled by student ID cards for security.
Mariners Village, with 216 beds, will open in the fall of 2016. for more information about living on campus, visit the Office of Residence Life.
Now that you’ve seen where students live and play, let’s take a look at the academic and administrative buildings on campus. There are currently five academic buildings that represent most of the class room and lab space, as well as faculty offices: Academic Commons North, Academic Commons South, the Jones Building, the Correll Center and the Nunnally Center.
The Jones Building and the two Academic Commons buildings date from the opening of the College more than 50 years ago, but all three have been renovated within the past three years, with Academic Commons South improvements to be finished by the end of this year.
Academic Commons North
Academic Commons North is primarily a faculty office building for the School of Business and Public Management as well as the School of Arts and Sciences’ departments of arts and humanities and the social sciences. There is also one Technology Enabled Active Learning classroom for 48 students.
Academic Commons South
Alfred W. Jones Building
The Jones Building includes 7 research labs; 4 labs for field biology, physics, biology and zoology; a lecture hall; classrooms and conference rooms as well as faculty offices for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences’ departments of mathematics and of the natural sciences.
The Jones Building is named after Alfred W. Jones, the cousin of Howard Coffin. Jones was one of the original trustees of the College Foundation.
Nunnally Health and Science Building
The Miriam and Hugh Nunnally Health and Science Building was completed in December 2010 – the first new construction on the campus in decades. The Nunnally Center for Nursing Education is on the 2nd floor. This building houses the radiologic science lab as well as other science and nursing-specific labs, such as the patient simulator, and 125-seat auditorium.
The Anthony A. Alaimo Plaza
The view from the top of the 4th floor tower of the Nunnally Building is eye-level with flags of the yardarm dedicated to the public service of the Honorable Joe Wilkinson, a state representative, retired U.S. Naval Reserve Captain and a fan of the Mariners. The plaza is named for U.S. District Court Judge Anthony A. Alaimo (1920-2009). He delivered the commencement address for the Class of 2009 and received the inaugural honorary doctorate of public service from the College.
Correll Center for Teacher Education and Learning
The Correll Center for Teacher Education and Learning is the newest building on campus, completed in 2012. This complex houses the the School of Education, the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, the Center for Academic Success for first-generation college students, and the Writing Center.
Southeast Georgia Conference Center
The Southeast Georgia Conference Center is the home of the Terrill Thomas Auditorium, which was dedicated in 1992 in honor of Sea Island resident and community philanthropist Terry Thomas. Ms. Thomas was an avid golfer and tennis player, so her foundation has endowed women’s athletic scholarships in addition to a general scholarship fund which benefits dozens of students every year. The 350-seat Thomas Auditorium is used for concerts, community programs and faculty-staff convocations.
Three other buildings on campus house student services and the College administrative offices.
Clara Wood Gould Memorial Library
The Gould Memorial Library is named for Clara Wood Gould, the wife of the local Georgia state senator and regent of the state’s university system when the college was chartered in 1961. The Goulds were descendants of James Gould of Massachusetts, builder of the original lighthouse on St. Simons Island and the first lighthouse keeper (1810-1837). The library is the center for tutoring as well as for studying, although more than 600 different study sites – ranging from quiet cubicles to group study areas and computer labs - are identified across campus.
The Andrews Center
The Andrews Center, next door to the library, houses Admissions, financial aid, the registrar and the bursar’s office. The campus police department is located on the first floor as well as Dockside Deli – which features wraps and other sandwiches as well as Starbuck’s coffee and cold beverages - and an open courtyard tucked away in the center of the building. The Andrews Center is named for James L. Andrews, a former mayor and businessman.
The Hargett Building
The Hargett Building houses the Huie-Wilcox art gallery, human resources, the business office, and the offices of academic affairs and the president of the college as well as supporting staff. Earl Hargett was the first president of the college when the doors opened for classes in September 1964.
When Dr. John Teel became the 2nd president of the college in 1968, the campus consisted of four buildings, 288 acres of land formerly used as an airport and a man-made lake dug out by a developer wanting the top soil. Enrollment that fall was 900 students.
Now our enrollment exceeds 3,600 students, we have three new buildings plus the student residence complex and a beautiful campus shaded by oak trees. Everywhere you look, there’s a little bit of history and a whole lot of community. And the beach is just across the causeway.
Welcome to the College of Coastal Georgia – home of the Mariners.