University of The Bahamas recommissions Portia M. Smith building

The University of The Bahamas (UB) yesterday officially recommissioned the once dormant Portia M. Smith building, situated on the school’s campus off Poinciana Drive.

The building – once filled with mold and old carpet – received an overhaul in recent months and now boasts extended spaces for additional services.

“We found out what was causing the mold. We took out the carpets,”UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith.

“The staircase is wider now. If you go in the building you will not recognize it.”

According to Dr. Smith,  the building will now serve a multipurpose function for students and noted that the second floor will serve as the admissions office, while the third floor will consist of student affairs, student records, registration, scholarship offices and a lounge area.

The building was first dedicated to Smith in 2005 and was commissioned as the centre of operations for student services at UB.

Portia M. Smith was known as a pioneer of the College of the Bahamas. She was a noted lecturer in the Teacher’s Education Division and later became a coordinator of the College of The Bahamas/University of the West Indies Diploma in Education Programme.