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Freshman Halls 2 & 3 named [June 17, 2008]
Freshman Halls 2 & 3 have officially been named! The University Board of Trustees unanimously passed the motion to name Freshman 2 after Ignatius Alphonso Few, the first president of Emory College, and Freshman 3 after Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans, the first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Themed FYE Application Available [April 10, 2008]
Applications are now available for the Citizenship and Living Green FYE Programs. All first-year students are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the program Citizenship or contact Elizabeth Cox for questions regarding the Citizenship program. Contact Roger Montiel for questions about Living Green. Applications for 2008-09 are due May 30, 2008.

Living-Learning Communities website launched [April 2, 2007]
The Office of Residence Life & Housing launches the Living-Learning Communities website today! Learn more about the different communities we offer for all our students. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Plans for Freshman Village underway [Andrea Trinklein & Andy Wilson / May 2006]
Creating an engaged residential community for students is a goal for Emory. As a part of the university’s Campus Master Plan, the Department of Residence Life & Housing in the Division of Campus Life has embarked on the first of several major residentially based capital projects to create a Freshman Village in the heart of Emory’s campus. The Freshman Village concept involves enhancing not only residence halls but also programmatic aspects within these halls.

Enhancements to Emory’s residential facilities include replacing several residence halls that currently house first-year students with new residence halls. Plans for the first new residence hall, Turman Hall, were recently finalized and construction began in May. Scheduled to open in August 2007, the new hall will be located behind the Dobbs Center and will house approximately 130 students.

Not only will Turman Hall mark the first step toward the freshman village, it also keeps alive the name of a noted Emory benefactor. The new hall will carry on the legacy of the Turman Village, which will be demolished following the 2006–07 academic year. The hall and village are named for J. Pollard Turman 34C 35L 73H, an influential humanitarian and philanthropist. The Turman name remains vibrant on campus not only in residence life but also through the works of the Tull Charitable Foundation (which Turman helped form in 1990).

Turman Hall and future halls will be sustainably designed and constructed with the goal of achieving designation as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-rated facilities—a stamp of approval already given to several of Emory’s newer buildings such as the Math & Science Center and the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED buildings “balance environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, occupant comfort and well-being, and community sensitivity.”

The construction of Turman Hall is the first step in putting Emory’s 2005 update of the Campus Master Plan in motion. The building of several other first-year residence halls in the area adjacent to the Dobbs Center will follow. Once completed these halls will ring a new greenspace—a “freshman quadrangle.”

The new residence halls will retain some features of the campus’ current first-year residence halls (e.g., community restrooms, predominately double rooms) while adding more modern amenities (e.g., recycling rooms, elevators). To create smaller communities within halls, small clusters that include study lounges, community restrooms, a recycling room, and a common space will be located on each floor.

Along with the enhanced physical space and a focus on social community, Residence Life & Housing also aims to create learning communities focused upon interdisciplinary topics. Faculty members with interests such as civic responsibility, sustainability or foreign language studies will work with the Residence Life & Housing staff to engage students in these new learning communities. While the interdisciplinary topic for Turman Hall has yet to be selected, creating vibrant learning communities throughout the Freshman Village should significantly enhance first-year students’ experiences.