George A. Weygand Hall, the new 500-bed residence hall, was officially opened during a dedication ceremony that drew a large audience of alumni, state officials and Dr. Weygand himself.
“It has been a pleasure to watch this building grow,” said the much-admired professor emeritus. “To go through there now is something I’ve been waiting a number of years for.”
Weygand Hall is home to four-bedroom suites and 12 residential learning community suites. It is equipped with state-of-the-art environmental and technological features, creating a highly energy efficient and extremely comfortable living environment.
President Dana Mohler-Faria paid tribute to Dr. Weygand in his remarks. “I don’t know anyone who has done the kind of work George has done,” he said. “Fifty years from now when students walk by and say, ‘Who is George Weygand?’ we’ll be able to tell them who he was, what he did, about his commitment to this university, and why they are able to walk across this campus and receive a quality education. It’s that which we celebrate here today.”
One of the unique parts of Weygand Hall will be its housing of the residential learning communities, a growing educational component at BSU. The learning communities will feature suite-style housing and have a common area outside of the rooms where students can come together to share ideas and work together.
Frank Théodat, ’15, president of the BSU Residence Hall Association, spoke of his experience with the RLC. “As a student, (they) had such a profound impact on me that I went on to continue my involvement here on campus,” he said.
The ceremony was capped off by the official ribbon cutting by President Mohler-Faria, Dr. Weygand and Louis Ricciardi, ’81, chairman of the board of trustees. (Story by Shawn Finn, ’13; photos by David K. Wilson, ’71, and Steve Rowell, ’17)