Colman expansion alleviates housing crisis

Rebecca Carvalho

After weeks of construction, the health and counseling center was transferred from the Landis-Peabody wing of Colman Hall to the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center. The wing has been turned into a new residential area for students.
Colman Hall’s expansion came in time to solve the housing dilemma Lawrence has faced this year. Fourteen rooms, a bathroom and a lounge are now available.
Bearing in mind the difficulties of accommodating students returning this winter from off-campus programs, Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life Amy Uecke said that the Landis wing is a housing option that helped “accommodate students in a way that would make them feel this is a very nice place to be.”
The expansion of Colman offers not only nice and welcoming facilities but also offers residents the possibility to room with another student they already had in mind.
Sara Brannon ’11, head RLA of Colman, is excited about these changes. Brannon is already working hard with Colman Hall Director and Volunteer Programs Assistant Dan Geddes and the Colman RLAs to integrate this new group of residents.
“We have a new RLA, sophomore student Christina Bettencourt, and we are also working with Hall Council,” said Brannon. She also pointed out that Colman has a larger group of freshmen this year, and the community feels much stronger.
In order to better welcome the new students, the residence life staff in Colman plans to host a BroCoLand (Brokaw, Colman, Landis) Grand Opening Friday, Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30, followed by tours, food and [a] raffle. The prize drawing will take place at 5:20,” said Brannon. The Lawrence community is invited to attend.