Saint Martin’s University will dedicate new residence hall
Sept. 16, 2005
Lacey – Saint Martin’s University will officially
dedicate the newly completed David R. Spangler Residence Hall on Friday,
Sept. 23. The 46,000-square-foot hall is being named in recognition of
President Emeritus Spangler’s 21 years of service as Saint Martin’s
president. He retired in June.
The dedication, blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony
begins at 5:15 p.m. The day’s activities will conclude with a
celebration picnic at 6 p.m., tours and a dance for students and guests
at 7:30 p.m.
“Students are excited and have looked forward to the
variety of living arrangements created,” said Carleen Jackson, dean of
enrollment and marketing.
Spangler Hall is the first residence hall to be
built on the Saint Martin’s campus in 40 years. The new hall offers
suite-style living arrangements, apartments and such amenities as study
and game rooms, a fitness room, a prayer room and a conference room.
The new hall opens just in time to accommodate the
largest incoming freshman class in Saint Martin’s history – 260
students. Jackson said Spangler hall will help the University achieve
its goal of attracting a larger population of traditional four-year
The University’s $8.3 million residence hall project
also included renovations to Burton Hall, opened in 1966. The renovation
converted Burton to apartments and added amenities, including a commons
room where students could gather.
“As part of its Benedictine tradition, Saint
Martin’s works hard to build a strong sense of community, so we sought a
great deal of student input and constructed residential space that would
encourage gathering to study, socialize and take part in activities,”
Jackson said. “We decided to offer apartment-style residences to keep
more juniors and seniors living on campus for the leadership and
role-modeling they provide to our younger students.”
Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman Catholic
coeducational university founded by the Benedictine Order. About 1,120
students are enrolled on its main campus and about 600 more in programs
at the university’s extension campuses at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord
Air Force Base and Olympic College.
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