Erickson Hall reopens

By: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
August 16, 2013

Indiana State University's Erickson Hall has come a long way since it opened in 1962. Once a women's residence hall and then home to administrative offices, it's now a contemporary co-ed facility housing first-year students.

Reopening after undergoing a year-long $10 million renovation, the building will house 260 students in air-conditioned rooms. On the first floor, residents can enjoy a spacious lounge area, vending, mail and laundry facilities. It will provide themed housing for first year criminology/criminal justice, exploratory studies, and psychology students.

"Each floor contains 25 double rooms, with five to six rooms sharing a community restroom/shower, said Amanda Knerr, executive director of residential life.

In addition to students, Erickson Hall houses the Office of Residential Life and Dining Services, which are located on the first floor. There are three meeting rooms with audio visual equipment and a small conference room on the lower level.

"A new focal entry point has been added to the northeast corner towards the Welcome Center and Dede Plaza. Inside the new entry is a large lounge area and open stair allowing sunlight into lower level meeting rooms," Knerr added.

"Just like the recent renovations to Burford, Pickerl and Sandison Halls, it's an excellent example of how academic affairs and residential life can integrate learning in and out of the classroom," Knerr said. "It provides students a true learning environment."

"Erickson is part of the ongoing plan to enhance campus and improve on-campus housing," she added.

Opened in 1962, Erickson Hall is named after Martina C. Erickson, who served as Dean of Women 1905-1910 and was the wife of the third president of Indiana State, William Wood Parsons. The hall was converted from residential housing to administrative offices in the 1990s.

Contact: Amanda Knerr, executive director, Residential Life, Indiana State University, 812-237-3993

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu