TAMPA — The grand opening of The University of Tampa’s biggest and newest residence hall, West Kennedy Hall, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The University welcomes the public to the opening, which will feature a short program at 11 a.m. Tours of the facility will also be available.
West Kennedy Hall, which is located on Kennedy Boulevard near North Boulevard, opened this semester with upscale accommodations for 528 UT students. It features:
· Two large community multipurpose rooms on the top — 11th — floor specifically for organizational and group activities;
· An international theme, intended to continue educating students about global cultures and traditions;
· More than 100 pieces of world photography, plus art objects and unique cultural elements from more than 20 countries around the world, that are exhibited in the lobby and throughout the building;
· Two, two-story lofts, accessed from the 10th floor, that offer townhouse-like living, and outstanding views, for groups of eight students each;
· A solar thermal array on the roof that utilizes the sun’s energy to heat water for the occupants’ use;
West Kennedy Hall is the seventh new residence hall built on the UT campus in the last 15 years.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 7,200 students from 50 states and 130 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.