Come help us celebrate the beautiful new home planned for the Honors College! Join us Tuesday, August 30 at 11 a.m., when the Honors College, together with the Graduate School and the Department of Geosciences, will break ground on the renovation and expansion of historic Ozark Hall.
Originally built with Public Works Administration funding in 1940, Ozark Hall forms part of the historic heart of campus. A new, approximately 21,000-square-foot addition to the south end of the building will provide a much-needed signature space for the Honors College, which is currently dispersed in several buildings across campus. Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York City, one of the nation’s leading firms in designing classical and Collegiate Gothic structures, designed the addition in collaboration with Arkansas firm Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson Architects.
The Honors College wing comprises two floors that will provide offices for all Honors College staff plus a spacious lounge and study space for honors students. A 275-seat auditorium below will house classes and lectures, while the landscaped courtyard will provide space for outdoor gatherings and the occasional game of hacky sack or Quidditch.
“The architects have designed a space that fits our needs extremely well,” said Honors College Dean Bob McMath. “For the first time, all of our staff will be in one location, creating a ‘one-stop-shop’ for honors students. The beautiful study and lounge spaces will also help to foster community and intellectual exchange among Honors College students, faculty and staff.”
Kikko Haydar, a Bodenhamer Fellow, kinesiology major and member of the Razorback Men’s basketball team, will speak at the groundbreaking, and Dean McMath will be wielding a golden shovel. Please join us for this historic event!