by Elizabeth Welz
In the ongoing surge to give Benedictine University a new look; changes were made to Lownik Hall over the Winter Break. Lownik Hall, originally called Lownik Library, was built in 1964. In 1969, the building was named after Theodore F. Lownik, a former member of the Benedictine Board of Trustees.
However, as many know, Lownik Hall no longer houses the Benedictine Library. Instead, it is where Financial Aid, Admissions, and the New Student Advisory Center (NSAC) offices are located.
Over the summer, along with the quad, the front of Lownik Hall was reconstructed. This winter, the renovations turned to the inside reception area.
“I’m very excited about the renovation the school is doing to existing buildings; it keeps them looking almost brand new. The renovations make Lownik look like a completely different building and I can’t wait to see the finished product,” said junior Juana Alvarado.
Jean White, Office Assistant for the Office of Admissions, found herself being relocated during the winter break.
“Having advance notice of the renovation allowed us time to prepare in advance and pack items that would go into storage until the renovation was completed. The interim move to another location gave me the opportunity to organize and clear my desk out of some old, unneeded files and has not been an inconvenience at all,” said White. “The admissions reception desk is temporarily located in the Financial Aid Office, only a few steps away from the main lobby and can easily be found by visitors and guests.”
Lownik Hall, being one of the first buildings incoming students see, is vital to the overall impact that Benedictine has on the students.
“My personal opinion about Lownik Hall is that it needed to be updated in order to present a better face to campus,” said sophomore Aditya Kapoor. “After working over winter break in Lownik Hall, progress has been made and it looks amazing.”
In order for the first impression to be positive, it is important that buildings, like Lownik Hall, are looking their best.
“I am thrilled and excited about the renovation in Lownik Hall. The improvements of the carpeting, new furniture and fresh paint provides the Admissions Reception area with a much needed “new look.” It is a face lift that was definitely needed and now gives Lownik Hall a refreshing appearance that is both professional and comfortable for current and prospective students and their families,” said White.
The ongoing new improvements to Benedictine provide current students much needed new technology and a comfortable environment to aid in learning. The completion of the renovation to the reception area is set to be completed in February with the arrival of the new reception desk.