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- Curry’s Newest Residence Hall Named after Alexander Graham Bell
Curry’s Newest Residence Hall Named after Alexander Graham Bell
September 1, 2014
Curry College's new residence hall has been named Alexander Graham Bell Hall after the famed inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell.
Alexander Graham Bell was the Chancellor of the School of Expression, Curry College's institutional precursor, from 1907 until his death in 1922.
Bell Hall is located mid-campus in proximity of the Student Center and the Admission Office. Its 46,000 square feet will become home to 168 residents. The College's plan to build a new residence hall was driven by positive enrollment trends and the need to provide on-campus housing to greater numbers of students.
"The vision for the building is for it to be a space that supports and encourages our living and learning community approach," said President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. in an email to the Curry community last fall. "Our goal is to create smaller communities within the larger residence hall community, cohorts that allow for increased collaboration which links experiences both inside and outside of our classrooms."
Students will not only live in Bell Hall, but will be able to connect with their faculty and their peers in an integrated environment. Bell Hall boasts a large multipurpose space that will serve as a classroom during the day and a programing and event space during the evenings and weekends.
"Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, an inventor, an engineer, and an innovator," says Maryellen Kiley, Dean of Students. "It is fitting that our newest residence is named in his honor, as it has been designed as a space that will foster innovation and collaboration."
Connecting students' residential experience with academic inquiry are two living/learning communities which will reside in Bell Hall during its inaugural year - cohorts from the science and honors programs. Multi-functional spaces within the hall can be utilized for traditional classroom learning, as study halls for both group and individual study, tutoring sessions, and other co- and extracurricular purposes as opportunities arise.
In addition to the benefits that Bell Hall provides its residents, features of its construction will also assist in benefitting the environment.
"We've worked with CBT Architects and Suffolk Construction Company with the aim of making this new residence hall the College's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facility, as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council," notes Robert O'Connell, Curry's Director of Buildings and Grounds.
For more information about student life and residences at Curry College, visit the Campus Life website.