VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – As Vincennes University students moved back into dorms Thursday for the start of the 2014 year, some students will move into a brand new ‘state of the art’ dorm. Ebner Hall, which is new on campus, puts students right in the thick of their selected majors.
The facility is the first of its kind in Indiana, according to school officials. Ebner Hall is reserved for technology students only, and sits two floors above their classrooms. The living floors of the building feature a suite style living arrangement with eight dorm style rooms adjoined.
“We think that through them living in this living learning community, that it’s going to really help them academically,” said Dawn Brewer, Director of Residential Life and Hosuing at Vincennes University. Brewer explained that students will likely form student groups and share resources like books and tools used in the many technology programs.
“They are going to be with people with like schedules, therefore, because I’ll tell you technology kids have really tough schedules, they start as early as 7:30 in the morning and sometimes go as late as 10 at night,” she added.
For Vincennes University student, Ethan Bost, the new experience is welcome. Bost, who is in his second year studying industrial maintenance, says some things will require adjusting from the usual dorm life.
“All my classes are here, all but one, so I can get up at like 7:50, put some shorts, put a shirt on, head for class,” said Bost, “I can’t say much about the snoring, because I snore, but, it’s just something we all gotta work around.”
The students will inhabit the 3rd and 4th floors of the technology building, and according to officials, if all goes well, there may be room to expand to the 5th floor in the future. Ebner Hall sits tucked away from the other University’s dormitories, on the west side of campus. According to University officials, the dorm will house 90 students this school year; approximately 60 freshman and 30 upperclassmen.
“We’re one of the first, at least in the midwest we’re real excited to be kind of the trailblazer,” said Brewer.