President Daly Officially Opens New Residence Hall in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Honor of President Emerita, Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick
A celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony was held in front of the new Fitzpatrick Village Residence Hall just in time for the Fall Semester with the College reopening on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Incoming resident students will be introduced to the newly constructed residence named Fitzpatrick Village 500.
This commemorative occasion was held with newly appointed President Ken Daly and his predecessor, 25-year tenured President Emerita, Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, standing at the helm of a pair of 25 inch long ceremonial scissors. They were joined by Board Chairman Peter Skae, College Vice Presidents, Bill Werner of Werner Construction, and most importantly, the college’s Resident Assistants (RA’s) and students, who have safely returned and are living on campus.
President Ken Daly remarked, “As we start a semester, we are delighted to officially open our new Fitzpatrick 500 Building in honor of our President Emerita, Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, who led the College for the past 25 years and left a legacy of growth and investments to support our students. We are especially delighted to open this beautiful new residential housing unit at this challenging time as it signals that ‘STAC is Back’ and our campus is again safely open for our students.”
The interior of Fitzpatrick Village 500 features 36 two-person bedrooms with a large common area on each of its two floors. The hallways and common areas are carpeted, bedrooms are outfitted with secure key-card entry, and vinyl plank flooring has been installed in every bedroom and bathroom. The opening of the new building allows the College to further “de-densify” this semester with fewer students per dorm room in response to the COVID-19 requirements, while creating capacity for growth in resident students in the future.