Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017


residential, academic and social aspects of students’ lives.”

experience. “Everything about Warde’s design encourages interaction,” explained Dr. Laura Zirkle, vice president for student life. “That’s what you want for freshmen, to draw them out of their rooms and help them get to know each other, to make friends and to feel comfortable in their new environment.” So, while Warde features spacious rooms with private baths, it also includes lots of common areas including lounges, a media room, a kitchen, an exercise facility, and even a small convenience store. The new building project is being overseen by the Westminster Group, the same developer that constructed Warde Hall. Just

Students had barely moved out after graduation in May before crews moved in to demolish six apartment buildings at the south end of the upperclassman housing area between Briggs and Lewis avenues. By fall 2018, a brand-new residence hall for sophomores will rise on the site. Built in a U-shape opening toward 38th Street, it will house about 350 students. The 148,000-square-foot building will be four stories high, set into the natural grade of the hill below East 41 st Street. It will be named Ryan Hall, recognizing the longstanding philanthropy of Ellen Hammond Ryan ’64 and her husband, David, of Naples, Florida, and Petoskey, Michigan.

When President Michael Victor announced a new housing policy that will require out-of-town students to live on campus, he said he was committed to reimagining the university’s residence halls to better meet the needs of today’s students. This project—the second major capital project during his tenure following renovation of the campus dining hall—shows how serious he was about that promise. “It’s all about the experience,” Victor said. “Mercyhurst is a beautiful residential college and we believe strongly that living on campus promotes health and safety, facilitates diversity and inclusion, and integrates the

While most colleges still mix all students in large residence halls, Mercyhurst takes a diferent approach, ofering a variety of options to meet the needs of students of diferent ages. Freshmen live in traditional residence halls right in the heart of campus, with staf members living on each foor to help students adjust to college life. The staf also ofer frequent programs addressing freshman concerns. Warde Hall, the last residence hall built on campus, opened in 2009 and was designed specifcally to enhance the freshman



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