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125th Celebration: Residence Halls Reflect on University History

125th Celebration: Residence Halls Reflect on University History
One of the many bulletin boards created by students commemorating the history behind the name of their residence hall.

University students know all about the amenities of their residence halls, but what about their history? Everyone knows Nevils and Driscoll house freshmen, but how many know they memorialize Rev. W. Coleman Nevils, S.J., the University’s first Jesuit president and James A. Driscoll, a long-time English professor?  Barbara King, interim dean of students, decided the 125th anniversary was the perfect opportunity for students to explore this heritage. “I asked our Resident Assistants to design bulletin boards for the spring semester honoring our Jesuit tradition or the person for whom their building was named.” When the semester opened on Feb. 2, she was delighted to find 25 breathtaking bulletin boards. Her tour revealed everything from a board honoring “remarkable alumni” on the branches of a beautiful tree to a giant Google map with Gavigan Hall as its focal point. Since the designers were competing, King has to select a winner and it won’t be easy. “I am amazed by the creativity. These are really phenomenal boards,” she said.

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