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Ribbon cutting planned for Rawlins Hall Nov. 19

opening of Rawlins HallUNT will celebrate the opening of its newest residence hall, Rawlins Hall, for the fall semester with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 19.

Home to 487 students, Rawlins Hall was designed specifically for academically-focused freshmen who are in the Honors College, although upperclassmen are also living there this academic year. Rawlins is also home to a wing for UNT’s Terry Scholars.   

V. Lane RawlinsThe ceremony will begin at noon on the west side of the hall, outside the main entrance on Maple Drive. The event’s rain location is the Rawlins Hall lobby. The hall’s namesake, UNT President emeritus V. Lane Rawlins, left; his wife, Mary Jo Rawlins; UNT President Neal Smatresk; Honors College Dean Glênisson de Oliveira and Elizabeth With, vice president for student affairs, are expected to attend. 

The 118,332-square-foot hall includes an abundance of study rooms and lounges throughout the building, a first-floor library, music practice rooms located across from the library, executive board rooms on the fourth and fifth floors and an apartment for a faculty-in-residence. Bethany Blackstone, assistant professor of political science, is serving as Rawlins’ faculty-in-residence this academic and is living in the hall with her husband, Jesse Hamner, director of research and assessment for UNT Libraries, and their two children.

Rawlins’ lobby includes the 125th anniversary UNT tartan on its lampshades and a full kitchen with barstool seating at a counter. Directly downstairs from the lobby, the recreation room with billiards and ping pong tables displays more tartan decorations.

Following the ceremony, tours of Rawlins Hall will be offered by the hall’s resident assistants.

Freshman Eryn Butler, a development and family studies major and Honors College student, said Rawlins’ many public meeting and study areas makes it different from other residence halls.

“There are so many places to study as well as places to be social. The lounges and study rooms allow for every resident to have a place to feel comfortable. There truly is something for everyone, and Rawlins can host so many events because of its diversity,” said Butler, who is on the Rawlins Hall Association Executive Board. 

Learn more about parking for the event.

—Nancy Kolsti, news promotions

Above, President Neal Smatresk celebrates with students during the opening of Rawlins Hall in August. (Photo by Ahna Hubnik

Posted on: Fri 13 November 2015

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