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Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 22:08

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Sarah Thompson, staff photographer

A group of friends take advantage of the full kitchen in the new Honors dorm Tuesday night.

The Honors Living Learning Community finally received a long-awaited addition to the three dorm buildings with the start of the school year. The addition of HLLC building four is now home to several returning Honors students as well as freshmen.

Early in 2012, discussion for more space began with the division of student affairs, and in the spring of 2013 construction of the multi-million dollar fourth building began. The building was completed right before the fall 2013 semester, and this added 102 extra beds and provided a showroom for incoming freshmen that was previously unattainable.

Nic French, a freshman math major of Hot Springs, said he has enjoyed his time in building four so far.

“The rooms are amazing, huge,” he said. “I am ecstatic that I’m in building four.”

Kayla Dills, a sophomore graphic design major of Cabot, also commented on the space of the new building, and said she is appreciative of the large hallways. In fact, the extra room seems to be the most popular aspect of building four.

“When I walk in the other buildings now it feels claustrophobic,” Ellen Morris, a sophomore international business major of Russellville, said.

Morris, an RA in building four, explained that the freshmen rooms seem bigger than in the original three buildings. The feedback from the freshmen of the building has also been positive, she said.

Director of the Honors College Rebecca Oliver, along with the help of division of student affairs, residence life and the Honors College, was able to give the students some of the amenities that were in high demand. Building four contains six study rooms, a kitchen, multi-purpose meeting rooms and social lounges.

Beginning this year, the Honors students’ cards can now access all four residence halls at any time. The amenities of the new addition will not be restricted to residents of that building, and Oliver explained the access will be available 24 hours a day.

    Oliver gives much credit for the success of the Honors College to the institution due to their support for the program.

“It’s a great addition,” she said. “Yes, it is a new residence, but really it is a continuation of what has been building in the honors community for years.”

Original planning for the Honors community began in fall 2007 and was completed fall 2009. Once the buildings opened a concern arose there would not be enough students to fill the 219 beds. This worry soon disappeared as the spaces filled up and a waiting list of 75 incoming freshmen was started.

A need for new space became evident as the program quickly jumped from 191 students in fall 2010 to 239 in fall of 2011. Since 2009 the Honors College has gained approximately 800 members instead of the 350-450 students the institution initially projected.

“There will probably never be enough space for the growing honors program,” Oliver said with excitement.

The addition of building four gives more students the chance to live on campus and in a community with others who are as academically motivated and like-minded as themselves.

 

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