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Campbell Hall

An Honors College Living-Learning Community

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Case for Support

Living-learning communities foster a greater sense of belonging for college students that result in new ways of thinking, a heightened sense of responsibility to the community, and a commitment to service and leadership. Providing a combination of study lounges, collaboration spaces, larger community venues, and a dedicated classroom, Campbell Hall will serve as the vibrant center of Honors College life. We envision this as the environment where honors students can find a sense of place to be challenged, supported, and inspired in creating a more just and beautiful world.

The approved Campbell Hall project will foster excellence in undergraduate research and community engagement, hallmarks of the Honors College experience. A robust living-learning community is vital to attract the most talented students and establish the MSU Honors College as a national leader in undergraduate research.

Honoring a Legacy of Women

On the university’s historic north end, Campbell Hall is one of the first things a visitor sees when entering campus from the Abbott Entrance. Built in 1939, the hall was partially funded by Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. After the renovation is complete, it will house almost 300 honors students while providing gathering and programming space for the entire Honors College community.

We endeavor to honor the legacy of Louise H. Campbell – a trailblazer and lifelong advocate for the education of women – for whom the building is named. Campbell led the MSU Home Economic Outreach in the 1920s, initiating the practice of teaching and training rural women, and later served as Dean of the Women’s Program. Although we encourage naming opportunities from any interested individual, we hope to identify a set of donors interested in dedicating spaces honoring other women leaders.

The Honors College is responsible for raising $3.1 million of the $37.1 million total project cost to renovate Campbell Hall. With a symmetrical architectural design, the hall provides duplicate naming opportunities for many of the marquee spaces.

Physical Spaces and Philanthropic Naming Structure

This multipurpose space is designed to serve dual purposes: a comfortable, informal gathering spot for students to socialize, study, and collaborate or a large gathering space to host lectures and community events. Having a Grand Hall will address a major need, catalyzing efforts to foster community, host creative and transdisciplinary work, and connect students, faculty, and staff.

On the lower level of Campbell Hall, we will create a student lounge and full kitchen to serve as a more informal gathering space where students can gather, host student group events, and collaborate on projects.

As the name suggests, the centerpiece of the grand historic lounges that flank the entrance to Campbell Hall are majestic fireplaces and historic WPA tile artwork which provide perfect ambiance for a relaxing student environment.

Thank you to Tom Schupbach and Kathy Songer for committing to the north fireside lounge.

As the name suggests, the centerpiece of the grand historic lounges that flank the entrance to Campbell Hall are majestic fireplaces and historic WPA tile artwork which provide perfect ambiance for a relaxing student environment.

Magnificent sun parlors extend off each of the fireside lounges. Each sun parlor seats up to twenty students for studying, reading, or just enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation. The sunrooms are both adorned with original Tudor light fixtures and sconces. The windows that frame the rooms are gorgeous historic metal casement windows.

Thank you to Lanette and Scott VanWagenen for committing to the north sun parlor.

Magnificent sun parlors extend off each of the fireside lounges. Each sun parlor seats up to twenty students for studying, reading, or just enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation. The sunrooms are both adorned with original Tudor light fixtures and sconces. The windows that frame the rooms are gorgeous historic metal casement windows.

The lower level of Campbell Hall will include a collaborative learning space dedicated to hosting small-section Honors College classes such as research seminars or discussion sections – a hallmark of the Honors College.

The north and south entrances on the east side of the residence hall serve as the welcoming area for residents and visitors featuring dark wood-paneled walls and art deco fixtures. the wood will be reconditioned, and the light fixtures will be refurbished to maintain the historic features of the building.

The north and south entrances on the east side of the residence hall serve as the welcoming area for residents and visitors featuring dark wood-paneled walls and art deco fixtures. the wood will be reconditioned, and the light fixtures will be refurbished to maintain the historic features of the building.

A marked number of Honors College students participate in the performing arts, from the Spartan Marching Band to the Choral Group to the Jazz Ensemble. Practice space on campus is limited and in high demand. A practice space will be created in Campbell Hall.

Thank you to Barb Stone Reetz and Gary Reetz for committing to the music practice room.

A staircase will be added to connect the Grand Hall on the first floor and the ground floor Great Room, creating an easy connection between the common spaces of the living-learning community. Planned to function as an architectural centerpiece of the design, the staircase will connect our various community spaces while inviting natural light into the Great Room on the lower level.

Two breakout rooms will be dedicated for student use around group work and projects.

Two breakout rooms will be dedicated for student use around group work and projects.

Thank you to Bess German for committing to the south breakout room.

Four office spaces will be built for Honors College staff including those supporting advising and student programming. Being housed in Campbell Hall will strengthen access to coaching and mentoring services as well as foster greater informal engagement with students by faculty and staff.

Four office spaces will be built for Honors College staff including those supporting advising and student programming. Being housed in Campbell Hall will strengthen access to coaching and mentoring services as well as foster greater informal engagement with students by faculty and staff.

Four office spaces will be built for Honors College staff including those supporting advising and student programming. Being housed in Campbell Hall will strengthen access to coaching and mentoring services as well as foster greater informal engagement with students by faculty and staff.

Four office spaces will be built for Honors College staff including those supporting advising and student programming. Being housed in Campbell Hall will strengthen access to coaching and mentoring services as well as foster greater informal engagement with students by faculty and staff.

The lower level of Campbell Hall will house three student study spaces. Dedicated study space fosters group work, collaboration, and intellectual dialect to sharpen minds and improve concentration.

Thank you to Molly Brennan and William Devlin for committing to one of the student study rooms. Beryl and Ed Johnson have generously funded a second study room. One room remains available.

The lower level of Campbell Hall will house three student study spaces. Dedicated study space fosters group work, collaboration, and intellectual dialect to sharpen minds and improve concentration.

Thank you to Molly Brennan and William Devlin for committing to one of the student study rooms. Beryl and Ed Johnson have generously funded a second study room. One room remains available.

The lower level of Campbell Hall will house three student study spaces. Dedicated study space fosters group work, collaboration, and intellectual dialect to sharpen minds and improve concentration.

Thank you to Molly Brennan and William Devlin for committing to one of the student study rooms. Beryl and Ed Johnson have generously funded a second study room. One room remains available.

To promote and foster the wellbeing of all students, we are offering two dedicated spaces in Campbell Hall in which students can practice meditation, yoga, and other wellness practices.

Thank you to Lanette and Scott VanWagenen for committing to one of the wellness rooms. The second wellness room has also been generously funded.

To promote and foster the wellbeing of all students, we are offering two dedicated spaces in Campbell Hall in which students can practice meditation, yoga, and other wellness practices.

Thank you to Lanette and Scott VanWagenen for committing to one of the wellness rooms. The second wellness room has also been generously funded.

Welcoming visitors to the north and south entrances of the Grand Hall, the foyers feature dark wooden-paneled walls and art deco lighting fixtures that will be updated and refurbished during the renovation.

Thank you to Jennifer and John Wallace for committing to the south foyer.

Welcoming visitors to the north and south entrances of the Grand Hall, the foyers feature dark wooden-paneled walls and art deco lighting fixtures that will be updated and refurbished during the renovation.

Thank you to Andrew and Carolyn Bratzel for committing to the south foyer.

Contact Tonya Frisbey to learn more about this project and how you can get involved.
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