JBU to Expand North Hall
Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 7, 2007) — On the heels of announcing a record breaking enrollment year, John Brown University announced plans to add a second wing to its North Hall residence building on the JBU campus. The announcement came Friday following its annual fall board of trustees meeting. “We celebrate this commitment to our residential college experience,” Steve Beers, vice president of student development said. “This space will increase our capacity to use all of our students’ life experiences to make them better members of any community.” The new residence wing, which will house 80 students, will complete the second phase of North Hall. Phase I was completed in 2004 and consisted of central common areas and one wing that currently houses 110 students. Original plans were set to begin construction on the remaining wing some time in the future, but consistent growth in enrollment and a recent gift to the university have moved those plans up. “We are deeply grateful for this gift to complete North Hall. It will enable us to continue to welcome more and more students to JBU and give them the opportunity to develop their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives through JBU’s Christ-centered education. It is a wonderful blessing.” Dr. Charles Pollard, JBU President, said. The university is investigating if the $3.5 million construction project can be completed by fall of 2008, but nothing has been confirmed at this time. JBU’s traditional undergraduate students are required to live on campus in JBU’s residential campus community until they become upperclassmen. The new residence hall wing will help JBU continue its commitment to provide students the opportunity to enjoy campus living where they form integral relationships and share their life experiences. This fall, with the largest incoming class in its history, JBU was challenged to find additional temporary housing for students. In addition to converting on campus offices and lounges into living quarters, JBU leased three Creek View Flat apartments in downtown Siloam Springs to house 18 female upperclassmen. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.