The Master’s College celebrated the completion of its newly remodeled John R. Dunkin Student Center and the grand opening of its dining terrace Monday.
The project, which broke ground last spring, adds a 1,000-square-foot covered outdoor patio off of the second-floor cafeteria. The patio creates seating for an additional 108 students, a 30 percent increase that became necessary following several years of expanding undergraduate enrollment.
“The significance of this facility is not only the new functionality to accommodate our growth,” said TMC Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Mark Tatlock. “This is about our college’s mission, which is discipleship. Every table represents conversations between students, between upperclassmen and lowerclassmen, between faculty and students. Those conversations represent the Lord at work in our students’ lives.”
In addition to the new patio, the remodeled student center also includes renovated bathrooms, an elevator to the second floor and several fireplaces, along with an aesthetic facelift. The building, which faces Placerita Canyon Road, now reflects the “California Craftsman” style of the college’s Legacy Room and Welcome Center buildings, both of which were completed in 2011.
This latest project falls under Phase 2 of TMC’s four-part Master Growth Plan, which includes new signage and a new campus entrance, new dormitories and classroom facilities, revamped athletic facilities, a library expansion and a student chapel.
“We are grateful for growth we are seeing,” Tatlock said. “People are responding to the biblically based liberal arts education we provide. It shows in the number of students applying to come here. The refurbished student center and the new dining terrace reflect that response.”