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UE Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Residence Hall

Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

On August 16, the University of Evansville (UE) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its New Residence Hall. Breaking ground 15 months earlier on May 18, 2021, the event marked the official opening of the building, which will house nearly 300 first- and second-year students. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony included words from Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE; Bob Jones, board of trustees chair; vice presidents; and the student government association president. Guests in attendance included employees, alumni, members of the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP), and more. Afterwards, a celebration was held under a tent on Walnut Street. The Office of Residence Life also provided tours of the New Residence Hall. 

“Our University is very excited about this building and the new home it will become for future generations of Aces,” Pietruszkiewicz said. “The structure of the living spaces stemmed from a survey of our students and is designed to exceed their expectations. We are building for the future, and there is much more to come.” 

The New Residence Hall has four floors and features 293 beds across a mixture of four- and six-person “pod” structures. Each pod includes bedrooms with either single or double occupancy, one or two private bathrooms, and a shared living space and kitchenette. The first floor features an entryway and front desk, laundry room, mail room, living space, and kitchen complete with appliances. The U-shaped building totals 83,000 square feet and has a central courtyard that features landscaping, picnic tables, seating, and grilling stations. 

This residence hall is located near the corner of Walnut Street and Rotherwood Avenue and takes the place of Brentano and Morton Residence Halls. Brentano Residence Hall opened in 1966 and was dedicated to A.A. “Gus” Brentano, who worked for The Evansville Courier and Keller Crescent for many years. Morton Residence Hall opened in 1968 and was dedicated to Ruth Wertz Morton in 1972. She and her husband, Thomas, were loyal supporters of UE, contributing to many scholarships and campaigns over the years.  

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