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Receptions Give Resident Students Opportunity to Provide Feedback

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Students living in East Halls at Penn State University Park have been enjoying updated features such as private bathrooms, community lounges and kitchens, and air conditioning. On September 25 and 26, they'll have a chance to let Housing know what they're loving and what could be improved upon.

Student receptions for the new Martin Hall and newly renovated Pennypacker and McKean Halls will give students plenty of opportunity to provide feedback about what's working well, what could be better, and what might have been missed when it comes to building layout, usage, public spaces (kitchens and lounges), bathrooms, and furniture.

While enjoying refreshments from the Penn State Bakery and the dining commons, students can chat with representatives from Housing and Residence Life and architects and contractors from the design team. Easels will also be set up around the reception area for students to write their comments. More than 1,000 students will be invited to attend and provide feedback.

"The feedback we get from students is important for us," says Conal Carr, director of Housing Operations. "Whether it's about the public spaces, the kitchens, the bedroom furniture, or storage options, we take what students tell us and incorporate that into future projects."

"These residence hall receptions give students a great opportunity to communicate directly with the leaders in charge of making decisions about the renovations at Penn State University Park," adds Kayla Olowin, Association of Residence Hall Students (ARHS) president.

The receptions correspond with site visits from Clayco/DLA Architects and Mackey Mitchell Architects, which designed the new and renovated East Halls buildings and surrounding landscapes.

Following is the schedule for the receptions:

Tuesday, September 25
Martin 6 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26
McKean 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Pennypacker 7 - 8:30 p.m.