Keith Doubt, professor of sociology and department chair, recently received the Distinguished Fulbright Chair Award to teach in the department of sociology at the University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria, beginning in March 2007.
Following the demolition of Hanley Hall and South Hall, a dramatic change to the university landscape occurred, and a new living environment appeared along Alumni Way.
Built by Thomas & Marker Construction Co. of Bellefontaine, Ohio, which also built Hollenbeck Hall, Wittenberg's new residence hall, which officially opened in July, quickly became the top pick for new students during the admission process.
With its 157 rooms, 195 beds and 49,249 square feet of living space, the state-of-the-art facility accommodates both the needs of students and the university community. "Because the design of the building is based on nine separate wings, instead of just the traditional separation by floors, the facility is much more efficient in its use," said John Paulsen, director of physical plant, safety and environment.
The new residence hall will be home to first-year students exclusively in an attempt to address the recommendations of a first-year experience committee that examined campus life and how students adjust to Wittenberg. In providing easily accessible laundry facilities and lounge areas with computers, high-speed Internet connections and comfortable furnishings on each floor, the design speaks to the wishes of students who participated in focus groups.
"Students were involved from the very beginning of the design process and many of their recommendations have been incorporated into the building," Paulsen said.
Dedication ceremonies for the new residence hall are currently being scheduled.