Ancilla College officials will formally dedicate the first dormitory on the campus of the two-year private school during a ceremony tomorrow afternoon. President Dr. Ken Zirkle says 40 or so student-athletes have already moved in and are enjoying the amenities of the three-story building. They include a study lounge at the end of each floor and free laundry facilities on each level. There are also dedicated areas for recycling. The remaining freshmen students will move in later in the week. First the blessing of the building and a public open house will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4. Zirkle encourages members of the community to come tour the facility.
Zirkle adds the dorm was designed to hold 92 students, three resident assistants and a dorm director. As of Friday they had 117 students on the housing list.
“We’re going to do a little bit of tripling. That’s the nice thing of having the bigger rooms than normal. There’s room to do that. The rooms were designed essentially for two people, or three. Each room has its own bathroom, so they don’t have to go down the hall or to a gang bathroom or anything. It’s designed to handle this number of people.”
Zirkle admits he’s surprised by how fast the dorm filled up. He adds all of the students are from outside the immediate area. He says the school’s board of trustees will discuss the feasibility of a second dorm when they meet next month.