DSC_0198Bethany College will officially open its newest residence hall on Wednesday, August 19 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The new facility, at Second and Normal Streets, will be open for tours that evening.

Residential staff has already started moving into the facility, pre-season student athletes will move in on August 11 and new students will move in on August 16.

The new hall features a unique living experience for its students that emphasizes community while offering privacy to its residents. The 241 bed residence hall fits perfectly into Bethany’s housing options, explains Matt Riordan, director of residential education and services.

“It gives us an ideal continuum of housing options for our students,” he said. “It fits nicely between our traditional shared living space halls like Warner and Gregory and our apartment-style living at the Swede Suites.”

Emphasizing community with its shared living spaces, the new hall also offers privacy with each bed in its own room. The rooms are configured in suites that range from 1 to four person and three large suites including two six-person suites and one 10-person suite. The large 10-person suite is being developed as a shared-experience living environment and this year groups bid on a chance to live there. The idea of a group of students with common experiences living together is being piloted in the new hall and may be utilized in other halls in the future, according to Riordan.

The new hall was built to accommodate the increased enrollment trend Bethany has experienced over the past seven years. Enrollment has shown steady growth from 537 in 2007 to last fall’s 717. Last year, students were housed in local motels due to a lack of on-campus housing. It features two classrooms, large laundry facility and wireless internet throughout the facility.