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New Residence Unites Living and Learning

September 18, 2014

Alexa Napolitan '15
Communications and Marketing Intern
(603) 641-7240

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Saint Anselm College's founding, it seems fitting that the college opened the doors of its newest residence halls this fall, the Living Learning Commons. This milestone vibrantly represents a continued commitment to pairing growth and advancement with rich history.

The 43,000-square-foot residence hall houses 150 students, in single, double, and triple rooms. From Saint Anselm Drive, many admire the new residence's large glass windows and beautiful brick exterior.

However, the hall's external beauty isn't the best part of the story.

The Living Learning Commons not only contains beautiful living spaces, but it is the home of conference rooms, classrooms, and study spaces. Dr. Joseph Horton, vice president for student affairs, feels passionate about the combination of these two key aspects of living and learning. To him, the goal of the state-of-the-art facility is "to soften what can become a boundary between the students' residence and the academic enterprise."

The academic settings within the residence will host a variety of events.

"Plans include academic colloquia, films, and interface with NHIOP and Dana Center programs. Students will have world renowned performing artists and guests literally visiting their home on a regular basis," Horton says.

Dr. Horton teaches his section of Conversatio in the new residence hall, as does Professor Kevin Staley.

The hope for the Living Learning Commons is that by pairing these two important pieces of college life, students will flourish in ways that will be reflected long after their time at the college is through.

And according to Horton's experience thus far, "students have given the space and the programs rave reviews."

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