If you walk past Old Main towards Dickson Street, you’ll see that a grand, limestone-clad building has emerged from a two-year cocoon of wire fencing, caution tape and piles of uprooted dirt. Historic Ozark Hall has been restored to its 1940s glory and graced with a 21,000-square-foot addition that provides a beautiful, permanent home for the Honors College. Continue reading
Thanks to Kelly Carter, our Fellowship Financial Manager, we’ve got answers for you. Some of our Honors College staff toured Hotz Honors Hall on July 1, and are happy to report that it’s looking great, with lots of storage for freshman honors students with lots of stuff. Kelly snapped some photos for you:
Imagine a jigsaw puzzle 53 feet high by 109 feet wide by 4 inches deep, with puzzle pieces that weigh, on average, 140 pounds. That is what confronts master mason Mark Johnson and his crew as they work to install the random ashlar masonry on the south face of Ozark Hall. Continue reading
Finals were done, students had cleared out to head home for the holidays, and professors were grading the last exams and papers. But not all was quiet on campus: construction crews continued to work sunup to sundown on several projects, … Continue reading
Wondering about the spa-style bathrooms in Hotz Hall, the new freshmen honors quarters? So were we, and the news is good.
There are two restroom areas on each of the upper floors in Hotz, and architects have taken care to ensure privacy for residents. For each of the restroom areas, there will be two full private baths located on one side of the hall. On the opposite side, private bathrooms and water closets open into a shared sink room. All rooms are separated by full-height walls and solid wood doors to ensure privacy.
The floor plans below show the layout:
Last week, several Honors College staff members and a photography intern ducked behind temporary fencing and donned hard hats for a tour of the Ozark Hall construction site led by Justin Couch, project manager for the general contractor VCC, LLC. Continue reading
Pomfret Honors Quarters has long contributed to the thriving intellectual presence of the Honors College on campus. The dormitory is famous for its fresh-baked cookies, friendly RAs and vibrant social scene but has remained relatively unchanged since it was constructed in 1968. Beginning next fall, Honors College students can look forward to some exciting brick-and-mortar improvements to both Hotz and Ozark Halls that will make life in the honors community even more enjoyable, fostering community 24/7. Continue reading
Take a walk by the Ozark Hall construction site and you can see that real progress is being made. On the new Honors College wing on the south side of the site, the slab has been poured for the basement-level auditorium, and the walls are up. Peer through one of the window openings, and you can see the metal framework for auditorium seating where generations of students will be taking notes and listening to lectures. Continue reading
On August 30, 2011, more than 100 University of Arkansas students, faculty and friends gathered to break ground on the renovation and expansion of historic Ozark Hall. Kikko Haydar, a sophomore kinesiology major, Bodenhamer Fellow, and member of the Razorback Men’s basketball team, spoke on behalf of the Honors College. Check out the video below to hear Kikko share and explain the Arabic proverb “Zara’uu fa akalna wa nazra’u fa ya’kuluun.”
KUAF 91.3 Public Radio was there to cover the event. Iti Agnihotri Mudholkar reports for Ozarks at Large.