New residence hall planned

By Leia Hill


Construction of a new residence hall is expected to begin in August or early September with completion in time for fall 2013 occupancy, according to University of the Incarnate Word administrators.

“The funding will come primarily from benefactors, supplemented by UIW funds,” Dr. Renée Moore, dean of Campus Life, said. “We do not know the exact annual costs of the new residence hall and the name of this new hall has not yet been determined.”

The projected location for the new residence hall – expected to house 240 upperclassmen — is adjacent to Joeris Hall. These upperclassmen will at least need to be enrolled full-time — 12 or more semester credit hours — to be eligible to live there, Moore said.

The specific design of the residence hall has not yet been determined. It is expected that the new hall will include lounges for relaxing, study rooms, activity rooms, kitchens, laundry facilities and quiet space(s) for reflection.

“Whenever we design a new residence hall our goal is to create a space conductive to living and learning,” Dr. David Jurenovich, vice president for enrollment management and student services, said. “We aim for a safe environment in which students are encouraged to interact with each other and build their own unique community. Just as in our other residence halls on campus, we expect that the Residence Life Staff will plan programs that are both fun and educational in the new building.”


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