Loyola kicks off the school year with new spaces

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Loyola kicks off the school year with new spaces

The study space of the Pan-American Life Success Center is open to all students and allows for tripled capacity for shared tutoring, study, and testing, compared to the library's previous study spaces, according to an email from the Student Success Center. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

The study space of the Pan-American Life Success Center is open to all students and allows for tripled capacity for shared tutoring, study, and testing, compared to the library's previous study spaces, according to an email from the Student Success Center. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer

The study space of the Pan-American Life Success Center is open to all students and allows for tripled capacity for shared tutoring, study, and testing, compared to the library's previous study spaces, according to an email from the Student Success Center. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer

The study space of the Pan-American Life Success Center is open to all students and allows for tripled capacity for shared tutoring, study, and testing, compared to the library's previous study spaces, according to an email from the Student Success Center. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

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  • The tutoring and writing center is housed in the new success center and provides peer tutoring and proofreading services to students. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • The check-in desk in the Pan American Student Success Center will manage students visiting all four offices housed in the center. Donor funding from Pan American Life Insurance and an anonymous donor created the $1.25 million space. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • The renovated lounge area of the success center includes space for students to use borrowed textbooks and meet with staff members. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • The study space of the Pan-American Life Success Center is open to all students and allows for tripled capacity for shared tutoring, study, and testing, compared to the library's previous study spaces, according to an email from the Student Success Center. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • The center's new computer workstations sit awaiting users. The center also provides textbook resources and private testing rooms. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • A typical bedroom in Founders Hall includes a bed, vanity sink, dresser-drawers, closet, and desk. Rooms such as this are small in size but only need to accommodate one student unlike most rooms in Loyola's residence halls. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • One permutation of a common-area found between the third and fifth-floors of Founders Hall. Common areas in Founders Hall are much larger and numerous than those in the halls of Loyola's main-campus. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • This alcove in the event room will function as a more-private study area for students living in Founders Hall. The alcove and the adjoining common area are some of the widest spaces in Founders Hall, in contrast with the bedrooms and kitchens in the building. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • A second-floor kitchen in Founders Hall, which includes a sink, microwave (out of view) countertop, and two ovens/stoves. These kitchens are par-for-the-course compared to Loyola's other residence halls, which allow for communal dining outside of the Broadway Activity Center or Orleans Room. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • Founders Hall sits awaiting students on Loyola's Broadway campus. The building was acquired by Loyola from the Dominican Sisters of Peace in 2017 and has been undergoing renovations since. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • The lobby of Founders Hall aims to be a communal space like many of the others within the building, hence the pool table. Like any other residence hall, students living in Founders Hall will swipe their ID card outside the door and pass by a Desk Assistant sitting just inside for security. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • Bathrooms between single rooms are shared in Founders Hall. Students living in Founders hall may find it more convenient to share a bathroom with only one suite-mate as-opposed to three, or even entire floors in other residence halls. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

  • Founders Hall includes a large event-space which can function as a communal study-area, a space for student groups to reserve for their own functions, or as a place for students to relax outside of their rooms. While there is no furniture in the space currently, the furniture layout will be fully customizable so the needs of students in the room can be met. Photo credit: Jacob Meyer

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In response to a growing student body, Loyola has opened the Pan American Life Student Success Center and the residential Founders Hall to provide student resources and increase first-year retention.

Loyola experienced an increase in first-year retention from 79 to 86.5 percent in just three years, according to an email from the Student Success Center, and the new student spaces are looking to accommodate this.

Donations from Pan American Life Insurance and an anonymous donor made the new center possible. The space is entirely donor-funded from donations made through Loyola’s $100 million Faith in the Future campaign.

The success center is located on the second floor of Monroe Library and within the center Loyola students will find the Office of Student Success, the Office of Academic Advising for First-Year Students, the Office of Writing and Learning Services and the newly renamed Office for Accessible Education, according to Loyola’s website.

Founders Hall is located on Loyola’s Broadway campus, housing sophomores, juniors and seniors. The building can accommodate 42 students in single rooms with shared bathrooms, housing two students in each suite, according to the Residential Life website. The building shares amenities with Cabra Hall, including a gym, conference room space and courtyard.

The 90-year-old building comes with a unique New Orleans history. The Dominican Sisters of Peace Judene Lillie and Denise Bourgeois were the final two sisters to live in the four-story former student-residence hall, dedicated in 1929 and recently purchased for future use by Loyola, according to the Clarion Herald.

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