South Dakota Tech News
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August 25, 2004
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Students Move Into Howard Peterson Hall On Friday
South Dakota Tech’s new, student-centered residence hall opens its doors to students Friday, Aug. 27.
The first students to move into the 300-bed Howard Peterson Hall are participants in a new program called FIRST, Freshman Introduction to Real Success at Tech. They will move in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Howard Peterson Hall was constructed adjacent to the south end of the Surbeck Center. Room configurations include suites and standard double rooms. Study lounges, a kitchen and an exercise room offer other amenities students desire. Since the residence hall will connect to the Surbeck Center’s main floor, the campus cashier’s office, student lounge, computer lab and a common front desk operation will serve both.
“Providing students with more of what they want is the best part of this building project,” Residence Life Director Reeny Wilson said. “We've talked with many students, held focus groups and gathered survey information. Through a new residence hall, we will offer students more on-campus housing options and better meet their needs.”
The hall is named in honor of Howard Peterson, a 1950 Tech graduate who served the university as dean of students from the 1960s to his retirement in 1992. Peterson continues to mentor students as an advisor, as a member of several university boards and as chairman-emeritus of the SDSM&T Foundation Board of Directors.
Tech will formally dedicate the residence hall at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, to coincide with M Week festivities.
Features of the new building include:
Individual temperature control in each room
Air conditioning •
Sinks in every room
Beds that can be bunked or lofted
Large laundry room with ice machine
Private showers and dressing areas in the public shower rooms
Card access entry to rooms
The FIRST program will be an important part of life in Howard Peterson Hall. The program will help students develop connections with each other and the university during each student’s first year on campus. One of the initial program activities are weekend adventures for FIRST students. They will bike the Mickelson trail, camp and hike near Harney Peak and volunteer in the community.
“These connections provide the students with a foundation of support both academically and socially during their first year at Tech,” Wilson said. “Participants will be able to take advantage of in-hall tutoring and coordinated classes and study groups. Other features of the program will give participants opportunities to live, learn and succeed.”
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