DSU celebrates opening of new residence hall

Dakota State University’s newest residence hall in Madison is now open and ready for students.  A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for Residence Village, which is located near the corner of 8th Street and Washington Avenue and will be open for around 120 students to call it home this fall.  The new facility is a four-story residence hall featuring single occupancy rooms for upper class students, arranged in four and six-bedroom suites and apartments.  Along with the living area, there are also study areas, lounges, laundry facilities, and a coffee shop and convenience store called 8th Street Square.

Randy Schaefer of Madison, former Board of Regents president, said Wednesday that Residence Village is a good thing for DSU and the community.

DSU Junior Jazlynn Pederson will be a Resident Assistant at Residence Village, and said she is looking forward to the upcoming school year in the new facility.

DSU revealed a new sculpture in front of the new residence hall also on Wednesday.   DSU President José-Marie Griffiths said that she hopes the sculpture will become a destination point on campus for students, visitors, and community members.

Sodexo, Dakota State’s food service provider, will offer Starbucks beverages and Pepsi products at 8th Street Square in Residence Village, and they will also have Grab n’ Go food items.  

After Wednesday’s ceremony, guided tours of the new residence hall were also provided to those in attendance.