Ribbon cut on Dirksen Row, Lee’s new housing quad for female students

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 9/24/17

Lee University’s new female dorm, Dirksen Row, was officially dedicated and celebrated Friday afternoon.

The new dorm, which is an 11 quad-occupancy townhouse-style dorm, provides housing …

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Ribbon cut on Dirksen Row, Lee’s new housing quad for female students

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Lee University’s new female dorm, Dirksen Row, was officially dedicated and celebrated Friday afternoon.

The new dorm, which is an 11 quad-occupancy townhouse-style dorm, provides housing for 44 non-freshman females. It’s name, Dirksen Row, serves to honor current faculty member Dr. Carolyn Dirksen, who has been teaching at Lee since 1968. Her husband, Dr. Murl Dirksen, is also a professor at the university.

“It’s really unbelievable, there’s no way to put it into words — It’s so deeply moving,” Dirksen stated.

“I love the fact it’s a women’s dorm, because I’m very proud of the women at Lee. It’s a great place for them to start a future.”

Dirksen, who also serves as the director for the Center of Teaching Excellence, will be retiring at the end of the 2018 spring semester.

A crowd gathered on the 90-degree first day of fall to celebrate the grand opening of Dirksen row and participate in the litany of dedication, which was led by chairman of the Board of Directors Dennis Livingston.

The new dorm is located between Walker and Parker streets, across a field from the School of Nursing.

“It’s a great setting, that’s the first thing I would say,” Lee University President Dr. Paul Conn said.

“It’s right across this beautiful field from the nursing building. We think it’s rather fitting, this is a residence hall for women and the nursing program is at this stage 90-percent women. We think it’s going to be a good combination.”

According to Dr. Mike Hayes, the vice president for Student Development, Dirksen Row will help fill a particular need at university.

“This is significant to house young women on campus,” Hayes said.

“As the enrollment increases we need more space, particularly for women to live on campus and not have to live off campus where they can’t engage in the full campus life.”

Currently Lee has 2,100 bed spaces and 12 resident directors who oversee 18 residence halls.

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saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com

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