The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus opened its first on-campus residence hall on Fall Semester move-in day, August 27, 2014.
UAS Director of Campus Life Eric Scott told Juneau Empire reporter Katie Moritz that “he hopes excellent student experiences in the new residence hall lead to even more freshmen in coming years. The hall has 110 student beds and is not full for the semester. He said more students are supposed to move in for the spring semester.
Even without all the new beds full, this crop of freshmen wouldn’t have fit in the old residence hall — Banfield Hall has only about 80 beds, freshman adviser Nathan Bodenstadt said.
The new hall boasts huge picture windows with views of Auke Lake and the surrounding mountains. A common area, closed-off study spaces and a meeting room offer different environments within the building. The rooms are suite-style, with two sets of two roommates sharing a bathroom and a kitchen. The building was designed by MRV Architects.
The hall’s first inhabitants come to the Auke Bay campus from across the country. Most are from Alaska but others hail from about 20 other states, including Missouri, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon and California. Freshman Dallin Jones moved to Alaska sight-unseen for the biology program at UAS. His friend and roommate moved from Boise with him.
As for Alaska, freshmen flocked from all over the state to UAS this year. A group of six young men from Scammon Bay took a long, multi-leg flight from their Western Alaska community of 474 people to move in. With a graduating class of only 19, almost a third of the town’s seniors are attending UAS and living in the residence hall.
UAS recruiters came to Scammon Bay and ‘talked to us and convinced us to come,’ Norman Charlie said.”
For more photos of move-in and Juneau campus orientation visit the photo gallery.