Fairchild Hall To Be New Home Of UNH's International Community
By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
January 27, 2010
Beginning in fall 2010, UNH’s international residential program will be housed in Fairchild Hall. This decision was made after Residential Life and Housing met with residents of Smith Hall and carefully considered the priorities of students.
An initial meeting with Smith Hall residents resulted in a survey, taken by more than half of the current residents, to prioritize a “wish list” of what a new location needed. The top five priorities were: the hall should not hold more than 150 students, it must be exclusively for the international program, have a kitchen similar to that in Smith, feel inviting upon entrance, and all residents have to be committed to international culture. Smith Hall is the current home of the international community.
Residential Life and Housing identified two residence halls – Fairchild and Scott – that met a majority of the criteria and after careful deliberation and consultation with multiple offices – including the International Office, the decision was made to use Fairchild.
Fairchild Hall, located on Main Street, can house 140 students and is fully accessible. No physical changes will be required to the building beyond expanding the current kitchen, which is being explored. It may not be ready by the start of the fall semester, but housing officials are committed to making it happen as soon as possible.
“Staff in our Residential Life and Housing offices worked closely with the residents of Smith Hall to identify an appropriate location that will support our international community,” said Mark Rubinstein, vice president for Student and Academic Services. “I am pleased that the concerns of the students were addressed to the best of our ability and that this new location provides greater opportunity for expansion and inclusion.”
Beginning in fall 2010 Smith Hall will be the new home of the university’s Admissions Office.