Freshmen men are making plans to move out of Armstrong Hall as it is set to start getting remodeled after the fall semester is over.
Armstrong Resident Life Coordinator Emily Myers said that she was informed of the remodel plans late in the spring 2021 semester and that administration started letting the incoming freshmen class know soon after that.
“I was expecting our numbers to be down this semester, and I was very surprised and excited at the amount that decided to live here,” Myers said. “I enjoy my job and I want to make their freshman year experience as fun as possible.”
Myers said her family is being relocated to the vacant manager’s apartment in the Village Apartments, but said they will move back into Armstrong as soon as the renovations are finished, which is expected to be next August.
The residents who live in Armstrong were able to arrange their housing for the spring semester starting Oct. 25, and freshman Quentin Brill said he made a point to wake up and wait outside the housing office as early as possible that morning.
“I’m pretty excited about the move, there were only a couple spots in [Graduate] Hall but that’s where my suite ended up,” Brill said. “I think Armstrong is pretty out of date, so the renovation will make the freshman experience better for future classes.”
Assistant Dean of Students Marcus Thomas said all of the men’s dorms except for Cone Hall had available rooms for residents to move into, which included Harbin, Allen, Keller and Graduate Halls. The move-in process will begin as soon as rooms are ready in the prospective dorms, and each dorm will have a different process that Armstrong residents will have to go through.
“Ideally, we want to make the transition as smooth as possible for the students,” Thomas said. “I’m looking forward to what the building will look like for the incoming class of ’22. It’ll be an exciting time to have those students experience this opportunity we’re getting to make our dorms nicer.”
The Student Association (SA) is planning a move-out event to provide more help for moving residents out of Armstrong and to help residents get settled in their new dorms. SA president Ethan Brazell said the current plan is for the event to be held on Nov. 12, from 2-8 p.m.