August 13, 2009

New Residences at Mount Allison University

Year Built: 1903
Residence Type: Co-ed (Wing-wing & Door-door)
Rooms: Single (8) and Double (9)
Residents: 26
Washrooms: both floors - shared
Flooring: Tile and carpet
Furniture: Moveable
Laundry: Coin operated - 2nd Floor, ($1 Wash, $1 Dry)
Cooking Facilities: Large main kitchen
Lounge: Hammond Lounge
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Location: 36/37 on campus map
"Le Pavillion Bousquet" (The Monestary)
Year Built: 1931
Residence Type: Co-ed
Rooms: Single (8) and Double (9)
Residents: 26
Washrooms: 2nd floor - Private
Flooring: Tile and carpet
Furniture: Moveable
Laundry: Coin operated - 2nd Floor, ($1 Wash, $1 Dry)
Lounge: Main floor
Kitchen: Main floor
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Location: 57 Charlotte Street


There is finally official word from the school about the Class of 2013. Apparently it's so much larger than last year's entering class that Housing decided to reopen two old unused residences.

The official target of incoming students for the fall was 730 students. Three weeks from frosh move in day the school hasn't yet released estimates about enrollment...but I'm guessing it must be an increase in the hundreds over last year's entering class to merit opening new dorms and the other modifications to the Student Housing over the summer.

I can't say that I've seen either residence...but the photos from the Housing website don't look too shabby. Here is the message from the Vice President of International & Student Affairs Ron Byrne:
from Ron Byrne
sender-time Sent at 4:01 PM (GMT-03:00).
reply-to Ron Byrne
to students@mta.ca
date Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 4:01 PM
subject "New" Residences
hide details Aug 11 (2 days ago)

Dear Students:

I am writing to provide you with an update on an exciting development in our student residence situation, as we busily prepare for another tremendous school year at Mount Allison.

As you may know, we will experience a very healthy incoming class this September. This will see Mount Allison returning to its historical student population level – a terrific accomplishment in itself. In order to continue to provide the exceptional undergraduate experience, inside and outside the classroom, for which Mount A is known and respected, we need to expand our residence capacity above that of the previous few years. To this end, we are indeed very fortunate to be in the position to re-open the Bermuda and Pavillon Bousquet (locally known as "The Monastery") residences this fall, in order to accommodate the incoming class.

This offers real and exciting opportunities for Residence Life. Each building will have a residence don assigned to it and will have a team of RA’s on-hand to welcome new and returning students to these residences. Each residence will house 26 students and will have its own unique character. We are pleased that Bermuda House will serve as the Global Village residence for this year, which is joint initiative of Residence Life and International Affairs. This will see students actively engaged in the President's Speaker Series on International Engagement, as well with other programming to promote internationalization on our campus. Pavillon Bousquet residents will also be involved in establishing an original residence life program for their house.

Construction and renovation work has begun on these buildings to prepare them for the upcoming academic year. Please do not hesitate to contact Student Affairs or the Housing Office with any questions about plans for the fall or to send any interested students their way with regards to residence programs.

Allow me this opportunity to thank Housing, Student Affairs, and Facilities Management staff for their tremendous efforts in getting us ready to welcome this year's students.

Sincerely,

Ron

Ron Byrne
Vice-President, International & Student Affairs
Mount Allison University
Ph: 506-364-2255
Fax: 506-364-2263

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