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Ackerman Hall

Ackerman Hall, Western Oregon University's new and innovative Live-Learn Facility

Named in honor of John Henry Ackerman, and the lasting contributions he made while serving as President of this institution, Ackerman Hall stands in testament to Ackerman's commitment to students, innovation and the high standards which were paramount to his career.

Consideration was given not only to the close proximity of this new hall, which is located within the residential complex (where many of the halls are named after past presidents of this instititution), but also on the focus of the hall, which is to provide a living space that is not only state of the art in terms of its commitment to sustainability but also a place of learning and diversity.

Due to the nature of the design of Ackerman Hall, there are three distinct wings that make up the building.

In keeping with John Henry Ackerman's efforts to recognize talented and committed faculty, combined with University Housing's goal to involve faculty as mentors in the educational opportunities offered to the residents of Ackerman Hall, each of the three wings that make up the building will be named after notable faculty that Ackerman recruited during his tenure as President of the Oregon Normal School.

The designation of the wings of Ackerman Hall are as follows:

  • WEST WING: Laura J. Taylor - TAYLOR WING - Which houses the following communities:
  • FLOOR 1: The Sustainability Community
  • FLOOR 2: The Global Connections Community
  • FLOOR 3: The Sustainability Community
  • FLOOR 4: The Future Educators Community

  • EAST WING: L.P. Gilmore - GILMORE WING - Which houses the following communities:
  • FLOOR 1: University Housing Offices - no residential spaces
  • FLOOR 2: The Health Sciences Community
  • FLOOR 3: The Criminal Justice Community
  • FLOOR 4: The Creative Arts Community

  • SOUTH WING: Katharine Arbuthnot - ARBUTHNOT WING - Which houses the following communities:
  • FLOOR 1: Academic classrooms / Lobby - no residential spaces
  • FLOOR 2: The Outdoor Community
  • FLOOR 3: The American Sign Language Community
  • FLOOR 4: The Honors Community -
    Requires clearance from the Honors Program, please contact University Housing

Ackerman Hall

  • Detailed information regarding the many uses of Ackerman hall and the innovative, sustainable features that were designed into and implemented within this building project to support its LEED Platinum rating. This document also includes floor plans, building specs, construction costs and timeline and information about the architect of the building, Mahlum.

    TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR of rooms within Ackerman Hall.

    Use the link below to see what it is like living in the halls at Western Oregon University. See and hear what residents have to say about their experience living on campus through student-generated video.

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    Ackerman Hall opened and housed its first residents in September of 2010

    What does Ackerman Hall offer?

    Sited among trees in the Grove, Ackerman Hall offers rooms totaling 303 beds (both single and double occupancy), academic space for classes and meetings, and space for the offices of University Housing and Campus Dining. Centrally located on campus between the Valsetz Dining Hall, Werner University Center and the academic and administrative buildings on campus, Ackerman Hall serves as a hub between the existing academic and residential centers on campus.

    Who lives there?

    The state of the art, sustainable Ackerman Hall houses nine live-learn communities. Both first year and upperclass students have the opportunity to apply for this housing option. Themed communities will be located here to offer distinct communities based on student interest for students to live and learn in. The overriding theme for the building and all of its communities will be based upon pursuing a "greener" way of life with a focus on sustainability.


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