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Kalpana Chawla Hall Set For September 24

August 16, 2004

University officials and area dignitaries will gather on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington on Friday, September 24 for the formal dedication of Kalpana Chawla Hall, a memorial to the fallen astronaut who earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at UTA in 1984.

KC Hall will have computer labs, laundry rooms and study lounges on each floor. The three-story building has approximately 138,000 square feet of usable space, including a complete kitchen. Approximately 75% of the residence areas will be single room suites and 25% double room suites.

Students who will reside in KC Hall will be introduced to the Mav Scholars program, which consists of the Residential Learning Community and the Freshman Interest Groups. Residential Learning Communities cluster students who share a particular major, discipline or some other common interest. The clusters develop a sense of community through common hall programming, activities and faculty and peer mentorship. Freshman Interest Groups are comprised of 15 to 25 students who enroll in three core courses together. They, too, share a particular major, discipline or common interest and develop community through course work, activities, study groups and peer and faculty mentorship.

The students within the community have a choice of picking one of eight general learning communities - business, nursing, science, engineering, social science, fine arts, architecture and liberal arts.

A Kalpana Chawla Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at UTA. Contributions to the fund can be sent to Kalpana Chawla Scholarship, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019.