Construction began in January on two new student housing options, with plans for a third option to be created from existing housing.

The newest Small Living Unit duplex, or “SLUplex,” is under construction on Rowland Avenue, thanks to a gift from President’s Circle members James and Janet Dicke. Their Ohio Wesleyan legacy continues to grow with their $1.5 million contribution to fully fund construction of the Jim and Eilleen Dicke House, named in memory of James Dicke’s parents.

In addition, work on a new Honors House, with room for 27 students and programming options, is underway on Oak Hill. This new living-learning community is made possible by a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor.

Both buildings will open in August, with the Tree House and the House of Spiritual Athletes occupying the newest SLU building. In addition, a new Panhellenic House will be created at 30 Williams Dr., a new themed residence for up to 22 sorority members.

Bashford, Thomson, and Welch halls, along with Smith West, will be used to create powerful living and learning environments for incoming first-year students, helping them to connect with each other and their OWU experience from day one. Bashford and Thomson also will undergo renovations this summer, with new lounge furniture, flooring, and paint.

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