School of Applied Sciences Shows Off New Home

Faculty and staff share renovated Garland, Hedleston and Mayes at open house

Jonathan Hearn (left) and his wife, Heather Hearn, of Byhalia, attended the open house at Garland, Hedleston and Mayes halls to honor his great-great-grandfather, Winn David Hedleston, for whom Hedleston Hall is named. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences welcomed more than 100 attendees to its recent open house for the renovated Garland, Hedleston and Mayes halls to celebrate the project’s completion and welcome the community at large to the school’s new space.

The former residence halls have been renovated and repurposed to house the dean’s office and departments of Applied Gerontology, Social Work and Legal Studies. The complex is also equipped with six classrooms, seating as many as 108 students in the largest one.

The building also has several large conference rooms that are available for meetings on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This is a distinct and exciting time for the School of Applied Sciences as we begin operations in our new home, Garland, Hedleston (and) Mayes,” said Peter Grandjean, dean of the School of Applied Sciences. “We are delighted that you are here to help us celebrate.”

Garland, Hedleston and Mayes halls were built in 1938 as men’s dormitories, but as housing needs changed over the years, the buildings became less suitable for residential use. The three buildings were still structurally sound, and the renovations converted the complex to one structure.

“For me, this has been a great journey to revitalize these buildings and help us expand our academic core and make them another great centerpiece to the academic center of campus,” Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks said.

Peter Grandjean (right), dean of the UM School of Applied Sciences, welcomes Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks (left) and Provost Noel Wilkin to the open house at Garland, Hedleston and Mayes halls. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Hedleston Hall was named in honor of philosophy and ethics professor Winn David Hedleston, who taught at Ole Miss from 1910 to 1930. Hedleston also served as pastor of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and he married William and Estelle Faulkner in 1929.

Jonathan Hearn, Winn David Hedleston’s great-great-grandson, and his wife, Heather Hearn, traveled from Byhalia to join the university in honoring his relative.

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The School of Applied Sciences offers professional preparation programs that integrate academic study, clinical training, creative research, service-learning and community outreach, leading to the development of leaders whose professional endeavors will improve health and well-being. Graduates turn their passion for helping others into a lifetime of career opportunities through academic programs in applied gerontology; communication sciences and disorders; criminal justice; exercise science; dietetics and nutrition; hospitality management; law studies; social work and sport and recreation management.