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Laliberte speaks at PCYP luncheon

Pike County Young Professionals met Thursday for its monthly luncheon.

This week, they heard from Troy University’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Development Jean Laliberte, who told those gathered at the university’s welcome center some of its latest happenings.

Currently, the university is in its strategic planning process, which is a long-range plan that guides the university to new developments — developments like Laliberte said are already underway for Troy.

Currently, the university, which has around 6,500 students enrolled on its campus, is working on several key capital projects.

About three weeks ago, the school officially broke ground on its new Fraternity Village, which will have eight new homes for the schools fraternities.

In January, Laliberte said she expects there will be a ground breaking on a new dining hall, which will double in size what the current facility can accommodate. In addition, there will be eight to 10 new restaurants, for example Moe’s, which will be open to the public.

And, what is probably most on the public’s mind, she said, is the new sports Arena.

Laliberte said it is the university’s hope the facility will open in fall 2011 and be ready for the first home basketball game then.