WHAT: Members of the media are invited for a sneak peek inside the Mary Louise Petersen Residence Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
WHERE: Mary Louise Petersen Residence Hall, 304 Grand Avenue, Iowa City.
WHEN: Between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16
WHY: To provide an opportunity to view progress on the 501-bed residence hall slated to open for fall semester 2015.
MORE DETAILS: Media should park on the north side of the building in the metered parking spaces. UI Facilities Management will provide access through the north entrance and answer questions. Because this is an active construction site, please note that hard hats will be provided and closed toe shoes are required for your safety. Staff from Facilities Management and University Housing will be on hand to provide access and answer questions.
BACKGROUND: Scheduled to open in fall 2015, the facility will be named the Mary Louise Petersen Residence Hall and will house the Theodore M. Rehder Residential Learning Commons. Petersen was an education leader and Rehder was a longtime housing and dining manager.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you have any questions, contact Wendy Moorehead, strategic communications manager, Facilities Management, at 319-335-1246.
Learning Living Communities (8 June 2012)
The most notable feature of the new hall will be its student living space.
“It’s not going to be your traditional residence hall,” says Von Stange, senior director of University Housing & Dining. “Student priorities, interests, wants, and needs have changed in the 44 years since we last built a residence hall at Iowa.”
The new residence hall is designed around the concept of living-learning communities (LLCs)—residential communities that connect students with common academic goals or interests. Those students live together in the residence hall, participate in activities centered on their common interest, and may also take a class or two together. Popular LLCs at Iowa include Women in Science and Engineering, Iowa Writers, and Health Sciences, among others.
“Living-learning communities are the future of housing at Iowa,” Stange says. “So we’ve put a special emphasis on tutoring and study space, as well as community space for the entire west neighborhood.”
The LLCs will be housed in pods of 26 to 28 students in double rooms, and will include a group study room, a lounge with dining space, and private bathrooms. Three floors of the 10-floor building will also include smaller clusters of rooms.
The UI has offered living-learning communities for more than 20 years. During the 2012–13 academic year, approximately one-fourth of the 4,400 first-year students living on campus are choosing to live in an LLC.
Naming of Residence Hall Approved (24 April 2014)
The Iowa Board of Regents today (Thursday, April 24) gave the University of Iowa permission to name the new west campus residence hall and its learning commons after education leader Mary Louise Petersen and longtime housing and dining manager Theodore M. Rehder.
Scheduled to open in fall 2015, the facility will be named the Mary Louise Petersen Residence Hall and will house the Theodore M. Rehder Residential Learning Commons.
“The university’s request is in recognition of Mary Louise Petersen’s long and distinguished record of service to higher education in the state of Iowa and, more specifically, for her unwavering support of her alma mater, the University of Iowa,” president Sally Mason told the regents in requesting the namings.