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ACU announces residence hall changes for 2005-06

Mimi Barnard
For immediate release
March 2, 2005

Freshman and sophomore students at Abilene Christian University will have new residence hall options on campus in the fall.

ACU’s enrollment reached an all-time high this year, and projections show a strong enrollment for the fall as well. To address the increasing population of students, two residence halls will take on a new demographic of students, and ACU’s newest facility, Barret Hall, will be completed and open for students.

For 2005-06, Morris Hall, which currently houses sophomore women, will be a home for sophomore and freshman men. McDonald Hall, which housed freshman men this year, will take on freshman women in the fall. Barret Hall will be a sophomore women’s residence hall.

Decisions about housing are made with a focus on community living and learning, said Dr. Mimi Barnard, director of residence life education and housing.

“We want to use our space strategically to integrate academic and other university initiatives,” Barnard said.

This year McDonald Hall was ACU’s first official living and learning community, designed for male freshman Bible majors and business majors as an opportunity to integrate their studies in a community setting. The group of freshmen that took part in that community will be moving to Morris as sophomores, and a new group of freshmen men majoring in Bible and business will join them in Morris.

McDonald will be converted to a freshman women’s living and learning community, and in the future, Barret Hall may become a living and learning community as well.

Construction is still underway on Barret Hall, which is named after the university’s founder and first president, A.B. Barret. The hall will house up to 172 students with an innovative design composed of four individual buildings and 11 eight-bedroom suites with two living areas each. Each bedroom will house two students and have its own bathroom.

The lobby area will include a coffee shop and a classroom, and the facility will also have a laundry room, office and residence director’s apartment.

Student sign-ups for residence halls will begin immediately after Spring Break.


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