Florida College formally dedicated the newly named Jennifer Hall during a ceremony on Monday following the College’s daily assembly.
At the ceremony, President Payne addressed the reasoning behind the naming. In recent years, a family lost a loved one to health complications. Her surviving family members chose to honor her with a generous gift to Florida College. The family members requested anonymity as a stipulation of their donation.
Originally named Terrace Hall, the women’s dormitory was completed in 2008 under the direction of President Emeritus C.G. “Colly” Caldwell III and houses 47 rooms, most of which host four students. Its original name served as an homage to the historic Temple Terrace community.
During the ceremony, President Payne also shared a history of the Florida College dormitories, reflecting on the addition of Hinely Hall to the previously existing Sutton Hall during the mid-’90s, the former three-story apartment building that housed A Dorm and B Dorm and eventually became today’s five-story Boswell Hall, and C Dorm, which, after being renovated and renamed College Hall, functions as today’s dormitory for upper-division women.
President Payne closed the ceremony by remarking on the family’s love for their daughter, wife and mother, and their commitment to Florida College and the young people it serves. After the ceremony, attendees were invited into the lobby of the dormitory, where they enjoyed refreshments and observed a plaque mounted in honor of Jennifer.