New Innovative Residency Hall Planned for ASU Honors College

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A-State's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Honors College Residence Hall is set for Tuesday, May 27.

The event, scheduled for 1 p.m., is being hosted by the Department of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs, which plans to open the new residential facility by August of 2009.  The facility will be located on the ASU campus between Whitaker Street and University Loop East, south of Danner Street.

The Honors College Residence Hall was designed by Brackett-Krennerich and Associates Architects of Jonesboro.

A-State is building the new residence hall to be a living-learning residential community.  University officials want the facility to help create a "sense of identity" for honor students who are selected to live there.  That will include students in their first year as well as upperclassmen.

The facility is planned at 50,268 square feet with 222 beds in fully furnished bedrooms, both single and double occupancy.  Study rooms, a laundry area and a courtyard are all planned as well.

In addition to the amenities for the living area, a 2,500 square-foot classroom will be included on site where what ASU describes as "innovative programming" will be offered.  The classroom will be the first of its type in a residential facility on the ASU-Jonesboro campus.

Approximately 400 undergraduate students participate in the Honors College at A-State in Jonesboro.  Selection is based on competitive standards but students who graduate with the Honors College requirements met receive special distinction and recognition.