Marian University officials recently announced new apartments for graduate students on campus, to open in time for the Fall 2015 semester.
“We’ve conducted surveys of our current students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and many have indicated a desire to live on campus,” Daniel J. Elsener, president, said. “Having housing that is designed for graduate-level students is essential to our growth plans.”
The plans call for a 90,000 square foot, four-story, state-of-the-art graduate apartment building with 136 beds to be constructed on the northwest corner of campus, overlooking the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. This project has been thoroughly vetted by senior administration and approved pending positive review by a Special Task Force Committee, the Finance Committee, the Facilities Committee, and an affirmative vote of the Board of Trustees, which was attained at its December 2013 meeting. Following those reviews, the project will proceed with an estimated total cost of $10 million.
In order to make room for the new residence halls and associated parking spaces, the university will raze Alverna House (a faith centered living and learning community for undergraduate students) and the East Convent. Residents of Alverna House will be relocated to an area of Clare Hall, and current Alverna House residents are consulting with Residence Life staff regarding the renovations. The three Sisters who currently occupy the East Convent will move to a university-owned house adjacent to campus. Three other Sisters are already living in a university-owned house in the same neighborhood.
“With only three Sisters living in the 16-bedroom house, it made perfect sense to sell the Sisters’ Residence to the university,” Sr. Maureen Irvin said. “The Sisters are so proud of Marian University’s growth, and the role they’ve all played in it. Everyone realizes that the construction of graduate student housing is the next step in our growth process.”
Construction of the new apartment building is expected to begin in June 2014. For more information about the project, please plan to attend the State of the University address, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 20 in the Marian University Theatre.