The Otis P. Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence at Farrior Hall has officially opened today. The center will be utilized for advising and it will be an area where student athletes can receive tutoring. The renovation took about 21 months of planning and construction.
The three floor Hawkins Center will have everything a student athlete needs to help them with their academic schedule. The center now includes two computer labs with Macs and PCs, 74 study rooms and tutoring labs, a 700-square foot quiet study room, 25 academic advising and support offices and a 2,000-square foot auditorium. The center also includes a nutrition suite including a Gatorade Fuel Bar, a 100-plus-seat classroom and a sports medicine research center.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held with President Kent Fuchs, retiring AD Jeremy Foley and a member of the Farrior family. Kevin Carter, a former Gator who was drafted in the 1995 NFL Draft and current ESPN analyst, hosted the dedication ceremony.