Honors Residential College to open Tuesday, Aug. 25

The grand opening of Marshall’s first Honors Residential College will take place Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at Willis Hall, located in the Marshall Commons residence halls.

The Honors Residential College will offer programs and activities to foster learning and intellectual growth in an environment that serves as an extension of the traditional classroom. This new academic and living-learning community is intended to strengthen the connections between students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences by offering live-in faculty, a new state-of-the-art classroom, study spaces and student and professional staff trained to meet the needs of Honors students. Beginning this fall, several Honors courses will be taught in the Willis classroom space.

Planning began in 2013, when conversations were initiated about how to strengthen the partnerships between Housing and Residence Life and other academic units on campus. The new Honors Residential College will be a living-learning community characterized by participatory learning, faculty-student connections, and interdisciplinary learning. David Cartwright will serve as the Faculty-in-Residence.

There will be a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. with officials from Housing and Residence Life, the Honors College and other Marshall units. Refreshments will be served.