Dear Undergraduate Students,
As you know, residential life continues to be one of the most distinctive components of a Notre Dame undergraduate education, with the hall communities creating the basis for many of your spiritual, social, service, and athletic experiences.
While the most important aspect of our residence hall communities continues to be the people who reside within them, the buildings themselves remain integral to supporting our students’ ability to experience personal growth and form valuable connections among one another.
Investing in On-Campus Housing
As we enter the next phase of the Residential Life Master Plan and continue making our residential buildings the best they can be for the communities they serve, I write today to announce the University’s newest plans for investing in and supporting the halls our students call home.
Plans for Fisher and Pangborn Halls
Unlike older halls that were designed to withstand major renovations while still remaining largely intact, Fisher and Pangborn Halls do not lend themselves to the same types of restoration. As such, constructing entirely new halls is necessary in order to allow us to both meet the housing needs of our students and provide sufficient spaces for study and social activities. Such determinations are not made lightly and only after extensive research is completed to consider options for renovating and retaining existing structures.
Next Steps for the Fisher and Pangborn Communities
Members of the Residential Life Leadership Team met with current residents of the Fisher and Pangborn Hall communities earlier this evening to discuss these upcoming changes in addition to available housing options. As they prepare for this transition, please rest assured that hall staff, in collaboration with the current community of students living in both halls, will decide how to best honor each hall’s legacy, including what traditions to uphold and the placement of hall memorabilia.
Many thanks to all of you, and especially to the current residents of Fisher and Pangborn, for your ongoing commitment to supporting and caring for one another. We hope these new facilities will enhance your ability to build welcoming and enduring communities for many years to come.
In Notre Dame,
Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.
Vice President for Student Affairs