Students and Guests Dig Into Residential Housing Plan
UT System Regent Among Visitors for ‘Living Learning’ Hall’s Groundbreaking
April 17, 2008
|Master of ceremonies Cynthia Nguyen prepares to introduce UT Dallas President David E. Daniel.
|UT System Regent Printice L. Gary gets a hand with a spade from Temoc.
Wielding dozens of garden trowels, students joined VIP guests Wednesday in breaking the first ground for The University’s new student residential hall project.
The crowd heard remarks from such special guests as UT System Regent Printice L. Gary and Richardson Mayor Steve Mitchell before picking up the green and orange hand shovels to help turn over the ceremonial first bits of dirt at the worksite off Rutford Avenue.
“It is wonderful to see the launch of a residence hall that will be dedicated to the ‘living, learning community’ concept uniting students who share academic interests and goals,” Regent Gary said. “The arrangement will offer U.T. Dallas students an even greater chance at success in their chosen areas of expertise.”
Master of ceremonies and senior biology major Cynthia Nguyen emphasized the role students played in the hall’s planning.
“The new residence we’re celebrating today is the product of our work as student-citizens of the university,” she said. “We had the chance to dream, discuss and plan for this new building. We came here today to see our concepts become reality for the next generation of UT Dallas students.”
In introducing Dr. David E. Daniel, she praised the UT Dallas president as bringing a more collegiate feel to the university.
“I believe the start of these projects is symbolic of many great things to come,” Dr. Daniel said. “It is my hope, and that of many – not only here on campus, but beyond – that this building will make a lasting difference in the experience of future generations of Comets.”
A new dining facility will be built as part of the residential hall project. Neither is expected to be ready until school starts in fall 2009, a fact that made outgoing Student Government President Ben Dower a little envious.
“I am genuinely jealous that I won’t be here to live in the new housing and eat in the new dining hall,” Dower said. “When I think about all the ramen and frozen waffles I have consumed over the last three years, it makes me want to grab the new freshmen and say, ‘Hey, you don't know how good you have it.’ ”