The Blinn College District and the Brenham community celebrated the grand opening of a new Brenham Campus residence hall Tuesday with rooms for more than 500 students.
The ceremony commemorating the opening of Prairie Lea Hall included remarks from Chancellor Mary Hensley, Board of Trustees Chair Jim Kolkhorst, Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst, and Mayor Milton Tate, among others.
“At Blinn, we know that building a supportive, engaging college community plays a key role in student success,” Hensley said. “In addition to providing our students with a comfortable and welcoming home away from home, Prairie Lea Hall was designed with spaces for students to meet and collaborate with their peers as they build new friendships and pursue their academic goals.”
Consisting of two buildings – Buildings A and B – Prairie Lea Hall features several unique attributes. Building A includes a communal kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, oven, and stove, and plenty of counter space to allow students to cook their own meals when the mood strikes them.
In addition to the indoor gathering spaces for students, Building B has a large patio space designed specifically to accommodate outdoor events.
Each suite in Prairie Lea Hall will include two bedrooms, with two students per bedroom. Suites include ethernet and wi-fi internet access, a mini fridge, and a microwave.
Each floor includes free laundry machines as well as community spaces where students can gather to play games, lounge, and watch TV. At the corner of each floor is a study room complete with monitors for sharing digital content with a study group.
Blinn’s fall semester begins Wednesday, Aug. 24, and students still have time to apply for campus housing. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/housing.
(Story courtesy Richard Bray, Blinn Information)