Residence Hall Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Scheduled
NEWARK, OH, Aug. 10, 2017 — Twelve years after the discussion started, the first students to live in the Jane C. and William T. McConnell Residence Hall will move into their new home this month. To celebrate, The Ohio State University at Newark will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend and tour McConnell Hall, located at 929 Sharon Valley Road in Newark.
Speaking at the ceremony are William L. MacDonald, Ph.D., dean/director of Ohio State Newark; Mayor Jeff Hall; Gerry McConnell, son of Jane and William McConnell; and Gabriel Menelik, Ohio State Newark student. Following the ribbon-cutting, self-guided tours of the first floor and guided tours of the upper floors are available. Parking for the event is available in lot H across from the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center.
McConnell Hall is a 40,000 square-foot, four-story building with 120 student beds. The first floor has a student lounge, kitchen, laundry area, a 300-person event space, offices and a housing coordinator apartment. The second through fourth floors have 21 rooms on each floor with one room for a resident advisor, floor lounge, small lounge, two small seating areas and two sets of restrooms. The addition of the new residence hall creates a total of 300 beds for students to live on campus.
The building was named on April 7 to honor Jane and William “Bill” McConnell. The McConnells have been ardent supporters of both Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College, providing both service and financial support. Bill served as volunteer campaign chair for the Next Generation Challenge, a two-year fundraising endeavor to increase student scholarships. Evidence of Bill's widespread influence in the community was obvious when the campaign exceeded its goal and raised nearly $21 million at its conclusion in June 2012. Combined, the McConnells committed more than $1 million to Ohio State and are members of the Neil Legacy Society as well as The Oval Society.
The $13.9 million project was funded by Ohio State. To provide for additional building enhancements, student-centered programming and future needs of the building, Ohio State Newark sought several philanthropic gifts to name featured spaces in the building. Named spaces include: The Dr. Donald G. and Patsy P. Jones Event Center, the Lindorf Family Foundation Outdoor Patio and Plaza, the Reese-Wallace Grand Lounge, the Lowell S. and Barbara G. Anstine Study Lounge, the David A. and Carole B. Brooks Study Lounge, the Bill and Janet Englefield Study Lounge, and the Geraldine Marston Study Lounge.
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.