What’s new on the Baylor campus this fall
The start of the 2017-18 school year also meant the official debuts of several new and new-look locations across the Baylor campus. Over the summer, Neill Morris Hall was cleared out (after Baylor Communication Sciences & Disorders moved into their beautiful new home in the Cashion Academic Center last year), and the Pullin Family Marina was relaunched. This fall also saw the unveilings of the new Baylor Addiction Recovery Center (BARC), the newly renovated Martin Residence Hall, and an upgraded Paul L. Foster Success Center.
Here’s a look at each:
An extension of the Baylor Counseling Center and Wellness Office, the BARC is a place where students can talk about their struggles with alcohol, drugs, gambling or anything else. Having a dedicated center on campus will allow for expansion to recovery groups, social events, individual counseling and even therapy dogs. The center is made possible by a lead gift from Baylor Regent Bob Beauchamp and his wife, Laura, whose four sons include two Baylor graduates and one current Baylor student.
Neill Morris Hall
For years, Baylor Communication Sciences and Disorders held their clinics and classes in Neill Morris Hall. Before that, the building served as Baylor’s first facilities building. No longer in use after Baylor CSD’s move, the location was cleared out this summer and now provides a beautiful, unobstructed view between Pat Neff Hall and Brooks Village.
Thanks to a gift from the family of Baylor Regent Randy Pullin, BBA ’82, the Baylor marina has been remodeled and expanded to better serve the campus community. Since the 1970s, the marina has provided kayaks, canoes and other water sports equipment for the enjoyment of Baylor students, faculty and staff on the adjacent Brazos River. After updates, Bears visiting the newly renamed Pullin Family Marina also benefit from a shade canopy, aesthetic improvements to the existing facility, boat slip repairs and the creation of covered boat hoist slips, plus a centerpiece fountain in the marina basin.
Sid Richardson got some updates to the Foster Success Center, which since 2007 has housed programs that support student achievement throughout their time at Baylor. Included in that update was the addition of the Baylor VETS Lounge, located in Sid Richardson’s Garden Level, which is specifically designed for veterans attending Baylor. Its sole purpose is to provide the unique support veterans need for the transition from military to college life — a place to feel at ease among those who have gone through similar experiences.
LIVE: Inside the newly renovated Martin Hall!After a year-long renovation project, Martin Hall is coming back online this month to house 260 male #Baylor students.
Posted by Baylor University on Thursday, August 10, 2017
With the start of the new school year came the debut of a newly renovated Martin Hall, which had been closed for the past year as the Baylor residence hall received some serious upgrades. Among them: updated rooms with new furniture, lighting and fixtures; additional space for studying and socializing; a new apartment for the hall’s Faculty-in-Residence; and a drastically improved lobby, now featuring a two-story atrium, a community kitchen, and games (ping pong, shuffleboard and a vintage video game console). The $12-million renovation was part of a long-term master plan that began in 2013 to refurbish traditional residence halls across campus.
If you’re thinking how much campus has changed since you graduated, then it’s time to come back and visit — and there’s no better time than Baylor Homecoming, Oct. 19-21!
Sic ’em, Bears!