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Facilities at the University of Mount Olive

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With seven locations across North Carolina, the University of Mount Olive is home to a variety of facilities that are available for the use of our students and faculty, as well as the general public of Eastern North Carolina. Many of these buildings can be reserved for conventions, meetings, weddings, receptions and numerous other events. Feel free to visit our Events Services page for additional information about our facility rental services.

Explore the page below to learn more about our state-of-the-art fitness center, university dormitories, conference centers and other facilities.

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Academic Buildings

Communications Building

Completed in 2006, the Communications Building, which is a companion to Moye Library, enables the University of Mount Olive’s seven locations to function as a single institution, with the aid of state-of-the-art delivery systems, including video conferencing, video streaming and wireless networks. The building houses all of the University of Mount Olive’s servers and Internet connections and is the central hub for the new IP telephone system. Building features include a number of offices and work areas for Information Technology and Institutional Planning and Support, as well as a 20-user open computer lab on the ground floor. The second floor of the Communications Building houses the University of Mount Olive’s ever-expanding special collections, including the Free Will Baptist Collection, and an office for the collection's curator.

Galloway Music Library

Dedicated to the memory of Jesse Randall and Carrie Rowland Lewis Galloway and presented in 1995 to the University of Mount Olive by their daughter, Mrs. Josie G. Loudenslager, the library contains music for performing groups, musical scores, recordings, and other learning resources for the school’s music program in Laughinghouse Hall.

Henderson Hall

Completed in 1965, Henderson Hall was the first building on the new campus and is named in memory of Dr. C. C. Henderson (1877-1963), a Mount Olive physician and major benefactor of the University of Mount Olive. The building houses faculty offices, classroom space and student lounge areas.

Laughinghouse Hall

Completed in 1995, Jesse R. Laughinghouse Hall houses the Department of Fine Arts and features the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery, as well as computer labs, darkroom facilities, and lighting studios. This building was made possible by a gift from the late Mrs. Hilda Laughinghouse in memory of her husband, who served as a trustee of the University of Mount Olive from 1983 to 1985.

Moye Library

Completed in 1968, the library was named in memory of the Reverend and Mrs. James Clayton Moye in appreciation of their promotion of the University of Mount Olive in its early years as well as the establishment of the first library trust fund. In addition to housing books, microtext, audiovisual materials, government documents, serials and other resources, the library provides space for the Free Will Baptist Historical Collection, a separate library containing materials on the history of the Free Will Baptist denomination, related college archives and other memorabilia. Study space for both individuals and groups, a conference room, and provisions for electronic access to and retrieval of resources worldwide enable the library to provide a variety of resources and services to students at all University of Mount Olive locations, as well as to the local community and greater Eastern North Carolina region.

W. Burkette and Rose M. Raper Hall

Completed in 2006, Raper Hall, named after President Emeritus W. Burkette Raper and his wife Rose M. Raper, is a 46,218 square-foot complex that houses the Tillman School of Business, Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center, and the Department of Science and Mathematics. Within the same two-story building is the Mount Olive Pickle Conference Center and Southern Bank Auditorium for hosting conferences, forums, training meetings and workshops. The complex offers students state-of-the-art facilities with modern classrooms and laboratories, providing resources to further develop business and science curricula, as well as space for graduate education in business students, faculty and staff.

Administrative Buildings

Academic Affairs Annex

Acquired in 1980 from Southern Bank and Trust Company, Inc., this renovated building houses the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Jim Coats House

This branch of the Business Office houses the offices of the Assistant Vice President for Finance-Accounting, Controller's Office, Payroll Processing, and Accounts Payable.

Poole Administration Building

A gift of the Roy W. Poole family of Kinston, NC, the Poole Administration Building was completed in 1991 and houses the offices of the President, Admissions and Financial Aid, as well as the UMO Press, Business Office, and Bookstore. In 1998, the building was named in honor of the Poole family.

Waylin Centre

The Waylin Centre, divided into four bays, houses a number of staff offices, including the Registrar's Office, the Evening College, and the Office of Institutional Advancement (Development, Alumni Relations, Church Support, Planned Giving, Gift Records, Sponsored Programs, Public Affairs, Marketing and Special Events).

Other Notable Landmarks

Alumni Cross Walk

Completed in 2000, the Alumni Cross Walk was constructed using red bricks from the original school building on Breazeale Avenue, which was purchased by the University of Mount Olive in 1953. The brick walkway is built in the shape of a Celtic cross, symbolizing the college’s Christian heritage — the foundation of the University of Mount Olive. The Nido and Mariana Qubein Garden House is superimposed on the center of the brick walkway, sheltering a pedestal containing the cornerstone and bell from the original campus and surrounded by four beautifully landscaped gardens. The Alumni Cross Walk is a reminder of our founders' vision — a manifestation of pride in the accomplishments of the University's alumni and a symbol of our hopes, dreams and prayers for the future.

Assembly Hall

The Assembly Hall, located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive, includes a 430 seat auditorium featuring 26 foot ceilings, a wrap-around balcony and a 28 foot stage.

Kornegay Arena

Completed in 1984, our athletics/physical education/convention center features several classrooms, faculty offices, and recreational facilities for university, church, and community groups, providing space for various educational, cultural, civic and religious events. The building was named in memory of George and Annie Dail Kornegay in 2005.

Holmes and Lois Murphy Regional Center

The Holmes and Lois Murphy Regional Center serves as a dining and meeting facility for the campus and the community. A gift of Wendell H. Murphy and members of the Murphy family in honor of their mother and father, the center was completed in 1993 and houses the Alumni Dining Hall, the President's Room, the Hennessee Room, and the Student Center.

Moore Williams Fieldhouse

Completed and dedicated in 2000, the fieldhouse accommodates baseball locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and a press box.

Pelletier Creek House

Located in Morehead City, NC, the Pelletier Creek House provides a center for conferences, seminars, and retreats for university, church, and business groups.

Pope Wellness Center

Completed in 2006, Pope Wellness Center is a 23,500 square-foot facility designed to meet the health and wellness needs of the Mount Olive community, as well as Eastern North Carolina. The center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, complete with treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and more. A separate yoga/aerobics room features wall-to-wall mirrors and provides space for individual use and classroom instruction. A regulation-size basketball court within the center can be subdivided into two smaller courts for other play, such as volleyball. Additional conveniences include locker rooms, showers and dressing areas. Health Services, student counseling, and an intercollegiate athletic training facility also reside inside Pope Wellness Center.

Rodgers Chapel

Completed in 1974, Rodgers Chapel is located in the heart of the University of Mount Olive’s campus and was made possible in part by a gift from the late Mrs. Sarah Condon Rodgers in memory of her husband, Will R. Rodgers.

Student Center

Located in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center, the Student Center contains offices for the student affairs staff, as well as the James B. Hunt, Sr. Meeting Room, the James Allen (Tinker) Best Meeting Room, the Game Room and student mailboxes.

Residence Halls

Annie Mae Whitfield Hall and Everett Edwin Herring Hall

Completed in 2009, these townhouse-style complexes feature 23 apartments with single occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms and a shared living room, as well as a kitchenette and laundry area with a washer and dryer. Together, the two complexes provide living space for 92 (mostly upperclassmen) students.

College Apartments

Constructed in 1985, the Apartments house 56 residents in air-conditioned private bedrooms with kitchen, dining and living room facilities. Each unit can house four persons, and each apartment is wired and connected for telephone hook-up, cable TV and Internet access. Residence priority is given to upper-level students who meet specified criteria.

King-Hart-Griffin Residence Halls Complex

The women's residence halls complex, which was completed in 1966, consists of three air-conditioned buildings for 130 students. The central unit, which includes the master lounge for visitors, is named in memory of W. F. and Jesse C. Hart of Ayden, NC, in recognition of their pioneer work for Christian higher education among Free Will Baptists. Griffin Hall, the west unit, is named for the late Reverend Jesse B. Griffin of New Bern, NC, an esteemed and beloved Free Will Baptist minister. The complex features a laundry room with automatic washers and dryers, as well as a concession area and television lounge. Each room is wired and connected for telephone hook-up, cable TV and Internet access.

Grantham Hall

First occupied in 1970, the men's residence hall is an air-conditioned, three-story structure for 126 students. The building was dedicated in 1977 to Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Grantham of New Bern, NC, benefactors of University of Mount Olive, and features a laundry room with automatic washers and dryers, as well as a television lounge and concession area. Each room is wired and connected for telephone hook-up, cable TV and Internet access.

The Inn at University of Mount Olive

This new facility houses a total of 137 residents. The Inn offers residents another on-campus housing option besides the traditional residence halls and apartments. All rooms have been renovated and furnished with a new line of campus furniture, and roommates share a bathroom so there are no communal bathrooms. There are numerous features including multiple common spaces, and an inviting front entrance. The Inn has the traditional amenities of cable, wireless Internet and probably the best washer/dryer to resident ratio on campus. Another feature of this building is that it is not limited to just one gender as this is our first building which houses males and females in the same facility.

The J. William and Marvis E. "Marcy" Byrd Apartment Complex

Located at 207 Wooten Street in Mt.Olive, the J. William and Marvis E. "Marcy" Byrd Apartment Complex was constructed in 1925, and is one of only four structures within the city limits of Mount Olive to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The 39,310 feet structure sits on 2.0 acres of land. Included in the Apartment Complex are nine, one-bedroom apartments ranging from 600 to 747 square feet and ten, two-bedroom apartments ranging from 800 to 935 square feet.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.