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Dedication of new Shocker Hall shows off modern-day amenities

Photo of President Bardo and others cutting the ribbon at Shocker Hall
WuShock joined WSU administrators and students as well as construction project leaders in cutting the ribbon at the Shocker Hall grand opening on Aug. 14.

About 450 people attended a ceremony on Aug. 14 to dedicate the new Shocker Hall residential facility on the Wichita State University campus, taking self-guided tours of the 784-bed complex and enjoying refreshments in the new 400-seat dining hall.

Shocker Hall officially opened to students on Aug. 16. All of its beds are occupied, Steve Larson, director of Housing and Residence Life, told those attending the dedication.

Also delivering remarks was WSU President John Bardo, who directed that the facility be built to update accommodations for students and to take WSU into a new era of student engagement on campus.

Guests arriving for the Shocker Hall ribbon-cutting ceremony
Those who attended the grand opening of Shocker Hall took tours of the complex and enjoyed refreshments in the new dining hall.

“We are celebrating a change in the life of the university associated with increasing the quality of student experience,” Bardo said. “We are changing their experience to offer them the opportunity to get to know each other, work together, and to collaborate – to enjoy each other and be part of a major, emerging national research university.”

Remarks also were made by Wade Robinson, vice president for Student Engagement; Charles Harris, senior vice president of real estate development for EdR; and Matthew Conklin, president of the WSU Student Government Association.

The new residence hall is located in the heart of campus between Cessna Stadium and Morrison Hall. Most first-year students and some returning students will reside there.

Each of Shocker Hall’s residential buildings has a kitchen and laundry room on each floor. A main lounge in one of the buildings has a pool table and Foosball table. The WSU Honors College has a designated living unit in that building.