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“On Wonderful Wittenberg Wednesdays from now on, there will be programs open to all new students that have to do with transitional issues,” Perkins explained. “Things from study skills to time management will be covered.”
On the first Wonderful Wittenberg Wednesday, the Office of Student Development hosted an open house at the New Residence Hall to offer students, as well as others from the community, a self-guided tour of the facility, an opportunity to interact with its first residents, refreshments and even a game of cornhole on the front lawn. As guests made their way through its halls, many remarked on the positive energy emanating from the new building.
“I am excited and honored to be asked to be the first residence counselor here,” said Melissa Jensen, residence coordinator of the New Residence Hall. “It’s a new challenge to be in charge of 185 first-year students.
“There is a good sense of community in this building. There are always people playing ping pong, watching the plasma screen or just hanging out.”
Mike Derrenberger, class of 2010 from Ann Arbor, Mich., agreed.
“This place is amazing,” he said. “We have it good here. There’s air conditioning and awesome community. We’ve all been making friends since we walked in the door.”
His neighbor, Jeff Boucher, class of 2010 of Vernon Hills, Ill., had a different take on his new living situation.
“We’re living in the Wittenberg Hilton,” he said.
The three-story hall sits next to the Benham-Pence Student Center and boasts 49,249 square feet of living space and 157 rooms. The students housed there agreed they could not be happier.
Carly Thompson, class of 2010 from Fort Thomas, Ky., may be a resident in the new hall, but she is no stranger to Wittenberg’s other residence halls.
“Everyone in my family has gone here – my parents, brother, sister-in-law and my sister is a senior now,” Thompson said. “I’ve spent nights in all the halls. I’ve always thought that I would live in Myers or Tower, but this new hall is fantastic.
“My sister said ‘it’s not fair.’ It’s nice to be somewhere where people are excited for you.”
Students in the hall had the option to prop open their room doors as an invitation for guests during the open house.
“The rooms are really nice,” said Casey Strasser, class of 2010 from Greenville, Ohio. “We had no idea what they would be like.”
Roommates Jessie Cunningham, class of 2010 from Marion, Ohio, and Holly Wittacre, class of 2010 from Enon, Ohio, have already decorated the room with posters, their computers, a television and a giant seven-foot illuminated palm tree. They were eager to invite guests into their room.
“It’s really nice and big. It’s new, so it hasn’t gotten dirty yet,” Wittacre said. “It smells really nice too.”
- Written by: Kimie Vance '07
- Photos by: Sean Wolf '07
- Video by: Ryan Charles '08
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