The newest addition to the Hiram landscape is a $7-million residence hall which is currently under construction at the northeast edge of the campus. The 102-bed facility will offer six- and eight-person apartment-style suites, that will have single and/or double rooms and a central living area.
Designed by Van Auken Akins Architects of Cleveland, the new building will be completed in time for the opening of fall classes in 2008.
Construction of the new facility is necessary to accommodate increased enrollment at the liberal arts institution. The classes that entered Hiram in 2006 and 2007 are the largest in more than 30 years.
“We’re building the new facility with the modern student in mind,” said Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema. “The apartment-style living spaces, coupled with educational and programming areas, will make the building a very attractive residential option.”
A $2 million grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation will support an Entrepreneurship Center in the new residence hall.
Hiram College received a $2 million grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to help construct, furnish, and equip The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center within Hiram’s new residence hall. The building will combine both the residential facilities and the entrepreneurship academic and co-curricular facilities, making the entrepreneurship program truly integrated into campus life.
“We’re obviously quite pleased that The Burton D. Morgan Foundation chose to support our effort to create hands-on learning experiences beyond the classroom,” said Hiram President Thomas V. Chema. “When the new residence hall opens this August, The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center will be the cornerstone of infusing an entrepreneurial spirit into the campus environment.”
“We believe that the juxtaposition of The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center and the entrepreneurship residential learning community will present unique opportunities for Hiram students to pursue their ideas both inside and outside the classroom,” Morgan Foundation President Deborah D. Hoover said.
The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center will house a 50-seat lecture hall, an incubator classroom, offices for the entrepreneurship center director and assistant director, meeting spaces, and a 2-bedroom Entrepreneur-in-Residence suite. The Center will occupy 7,105 square feet on the first floor of the new residence hall.
“This structure will create a richer and more meaningful educational experience for students and may even lead to synergies of ideas and business ventures,” said Hoover.
In November 2006, Hiram College was one of five grant recipients of the Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program for its E-Integration@Hiram program to integrate the concepts of entrepreneurship into the liberal arts through curricular and extra-curricular activities to reach all students.