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SETTLED IN AT SOUTHEASTERN – Southeastern
Louisiana University student Mollie Kendrick of St. Francisville studies
in her bedroom in a private room suite in one of the university’s new residences.
SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS ENTHUSIASTICALLY
GREET NEW RESIDENCES
HAMMOND – “This is what I have
been waiting for,” said Aime Anderson.
Southeastern’s director of residential
services stood by as a pair of students got their first look at their new
campus “home” – a double occupancy suite in one of four new residences
that have risen with amazing speed on the northern end of campus.
Anderson watched with a smile
as freshmen Jessica Thomas of Ponchatoula and Rachel Williams of Mt. Hermon
buzzed excitedly around their new room, exclaiming over features such as
cleverly-designed bed-storage units; an abundance of electrical, Internet
and cable outlets; desks, armoires, and chairs; and a separate bath.
“This makes it all worthwhile,”
The opening of the new residences
completes the first phase of a $55 million dollar project to replace old
dormitories with new up-to-date facilities. Phase II, four more new residences
with 789 beds – 30 percent private, 70 percent double -- will open in August
along with a separate building housing Residential Services offices and
The 718 beds in the four new
buildings are all occupied. The weekend before classes began on Jan. 18,
the walkways and halls of the new four-story structures were crowded with
students trundling or toting their belongings. Enthusiasm was everywhere
as students enthused over their new digs.
The new residences are not the
“dorms” that many Southeastern alumni will remember. They provide the technology-rich
environment, space, privacy, and security that today’s students want.
“It's always about size of the
bedrooms first,” said Doug Brown, the president of Capstone Management,
who was in town for the check-in. “Students want outlets, private bathrooms,
close parking. We’re building a community here. That’s what living on campus
is all about.”
Southeastern began revitalizing
its housing program in 1999, when the university opened the first of two
new facilities on its north campus. Southeastern Oaks, an apartment-style
facility with 312 beds, was followed a year later by the Village, a residential
facility for university-based organizations, including sororities and fraternities.
Both projects were developed by Capstone Development Corporation of Birmingham,
Ala., which is also handling the financing, renovation, demolition and
construction of the new residences.
Currently, only one older residence
hall, Taylor Hall, is still occupied. Lee Hall, where many of the students
previously lived, is scheduled to be demolished this semester. Cardinal
Newman Hall on the south edge of campus is closed for renovation.
For more information about the
new residences, visit www.selu.edu/liveoncampus
or call 985-549-2118.