NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A new building for Stephen F. Austin State University sits across from Johnson Coliseum on University Drive.
It houses the Residence Life Operations Unit and the University Printing Services. Although no classes are taught there, the people who work inside provide an intricate service for students and staff.
Hundreds of motorists pass the newest facility for SFA, but not everyone understands what goes on inside.
The University Printing Services, once housed in a remodeled office in the Rusk Building basement, now has a temperature-controlled room big enough to fill hundreds of print jobs.
The brand-new NexPress SX3000 with its many parts is operated by SFA's docutech specialist Linda Bryant.
"And we're very lucky to have it," Bryant said.
Linda programs the automations, but it is the personal touch behind the hard work and memories that come with each print order.
"We do course packs for the professors," Bryant said. "I also print thesis and dissertations for the students who are getting their masters and their doctorate. And we also do things for the public, like we've done wedding invitations and things of that nature."
Farther back in the building is the Residence Life Operations unit. Think of it as a huge closet for every residence hall on campus.
"We will be storing our beds, our furniture, chairs, washers and dryers and everything that goes into a residence hall," said Jim Rader, the manager of SFA's Residence Life Operations.
The staff of 60, plus 60 student workers, always have something to maintain with 5,000 students living on campus.
"We spend a lot of time adjusting doors and drawers and making sure everything is working properly," a staff member said.
"With all the desks, dressers, door knobs and bed frames and toilets and sinks and that stuff. That's what we fix," Rader said.
In all, 1.2-million square feet, that's equivalent to over 20 football fields, is maintained. It's only fitting that The SFA Residence Life Operations finally has its own space.