Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony held at Husson University for new townhouses
BANGOR– Husson University celebrated the official opening of their new student townhouse apartments on Friday, September 8. Members of the public joined university trustees, students, faculty and staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance of 29 Cyr Drive on the University’s Bangor campus. Tours of a townhouse apartment model were provided at the conclusion of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Pamela Kropp-Anderson, Husson University’s dean of student life, sees the townhouses as an important step between life in the residence halls and independent living after graduation.
“They’re a great and convenient way for a group of friends who share similar majors or interests to live together. That can lead to improved academic performance. In addition, students have dining options. They can prepare their meals in their own townhouse kitchens, or they can sign up for a campus meal plans with dining services.”
“Unlike our traditional residence halls, students can live in our townhouses year-round. Nine-month or 12-month leases are available,” continued Kropp-Anderson. “More importantly, the townhouses are the ideal solution for students who want to be more self-reliant and experience the freedom of apartment living while still enjoying all of the amenities that come with campus life.”
There are a number of other advantages to living at Husson University’s townhouses. Townhouse residents don’t have to worry about parking, driving in bad weather or getting up early to get to class. They also don’t have to worry about lining up roommates or splitting the monthly bills.
Speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Dr. Robert A. Clark, Husson University president, Robert J. Ronan, ’79, chair of the University Board of Trustees, Madeline Sanborn ’18, a student trustee pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences, and Pamela Kropp-Anderson.
The three recently completed townhouse buildings have room for 72 students. Each townhouse has six two-story apartments. The fully-furnished, air-conditioned apartments include a complete kitchen, a washer and dryer, cable TV and internet connections, living/dining space, four single bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tied in with the campus master plan, the new townhouses have similar architectural features as other buildings on campus.
Residents of the townhouse apartments include juniors, seniors and graduate students. The buildings are located on a knoll opposite the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business.
Approximately 1,100 students currently live on campus. In addition to the townhouses, they reside in the Hart, Carlisle and Bell Residence Halls. They also live in the University’s Living Learning Center (LLC). The LLC offers four floors of suite-style living.
The recently constructed townhouses are part of Husson University’s ongoing efforts to enhance their Bangor campus. Over the summer, Husson completed over $9 million in campus improvements. This included renovations to Hart Hall, updated entrances to O’Donnell Commons and the Newman Gymnasium, upgrades to the campus power grid and the initial construction phase of a new maintenance facility.
Future additions to the campus include plans for a new College of Business building. Once completed, this new building will foster the student educational experience through collaborative spaces that encourage independent, experience-based learning. In addition it will promote interactions with Maine’s business community.
For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. The Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.