McFadden Hall is new housing option

McFadden Hall is new housing option A Vermillion apartment complex has been renamed McFadden Hall and transformed into the newest addition to The University of South Dakota's campus.

The former Brighton Heights is a residential hall for students that are at least two years post high school. It houses 100 students, with the possibility of expanding if demand is high.

The building had to go through several renovations before it was up to USD's boarding standards. A fire sprinkler system had to be installed, along with high-speed data cable for a fast Internet connection.

Bedroom furniture was provided in every room. The rooms are designed in an apartment setting where four students will share a living and dining room, but have their own bedroom.

By renovating the Brighton Heights, which was built in 1990, USD saved more than half of the cost of a new building. The new hall is already filled and a waiting list is expected to start by fall of 2003.

"Our students have told us that they want more housing options and McFadden Hall gives them an impressive new option," said Von Stange, director of residential housing at USD. "The hall gives students the convenience of being near campus and having all of their housing expenses paid up front. That allows students to fully concentrate on academics."

Dr. Joseph McFadden, after whom the hall was named, served as the 15th president of USD from 1982 to 1988 after a distinguished career as a college educator and an administrator.

McFadden was president of Northern State University in Aberdeen prior to coming to USD, and after he left served as president of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

McFadden was also chair of the National Music Museum Board of Trustees and continues to serve on the board as an honorary trustee.

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