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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mid-Campus Housing Dedication

MU to dedicate three new residential halls and re-dedicate renovated halls.

October 23rd, 2009

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

WHAT: The University of Missouri will dedicate the mid-campus residence halls, Hawthorn, Galena and Dogwood, and rededicate the renovated Defoe-Graham residence hall. Tours of the buildings will follow the dedication.

Hawthorn, Galena and Dogwood residence halls were completed this year and are named for Missouri’s state floral emblem, mineral and tree, respectively. The new halls have 526 beds with 40 ADA-accessible rooms. 

Originally built in 1939, Defoe Hall was named after Luther M. “Daddy” Defoe, professor emeritus of math at MU. Graham Hall, finished in 1949, was named after varsity football player Robert McGhee Graham who received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1915. He died in France in 1918 fighting in World War I. The hall is being co-dedicated to long-time Department of Residential Life employee Donald F. Graham, who retired in 1997 after nearly 40 years of service to MU. Graham passed away in 2006.

Defoe and Graham halls re-opened this year as one combined hall, which includes 314 beds with 17 ADA-accessible rooms. Defoe-Graham includes new Residential Life offices on the lower level.

The $58.5 million cost of construction and renovation will be paid by revenue from student residence hall fees.

WHO: Speakers at the ceremony include:

  • Frankie Minor, director of Residential Life
  • Brady Deaton, MU chancellor
  • Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Rachael Feuerborn, Residence Halls Association (RHA) president
  • Lauren Thomas, RHA vice president
  • David Graham, Donald F. Graham’s son
  • Ronald D. Cowan, student staff member under Donald F. Graham

WHERE: Mid-campus courtyard (south of the Mizzou Recreational Complex)

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public.