Looking out over the back parking
lot of Alumni Hall, TROY Dean of
Student Services Herbert Reeves was
nostalgic with a television reporter
interviewing him about the demolition
of the all-male dormitory.
In the background, a single large
track hoe was knocking holes in the
upper floors of the Anderson wing.
Reeves likely holds the record for
the longest-tenured resident of the
“When I tell people I lived there
14 years, they look at me strange,”
he said, clarifying that was both as a
student and as a staff member.
In the fall of 1980, Reeves moved in
as a freshman and the dorm averaged
about 500 residents. When it was
originally occupied in 1966, 525 beds
existed. Over the years, the building
was modified to include technology
rooms and other facilities, dwindling
the number of beds.
During Reeves’ first semester,
however, three people shared a two-
person room because of the number
of students needing housing. In
the spring quarter of 1981, Reeves
began work as a proctor, moving
up to assistant student director,
then the director. His tenure was
extended when he was asked to take a
temporary, one-year job as a housing
“Thirty some-odd years later, I’m
still here,” he chuckles.
Like all Alumni Hall alums, Reeves
said he didn’t have any particularly
bad experiences living in the dorm,
but does remember a healthy dose of
“There were fire crackers thrown
under the doors, and someone was
always pulling a fire alarm, but the
building was very functional back
then and it was what people were
accustomed to living in,” he said.
That’s not the case anymore.
By the fall of 2015, Alumni Hall’s
replacement will welcome its first
residents. The new residence facility
will have no community bathrooms
and the majority of the housing
will be private rooms with private
baths. A number of rooms will be
double occupancy or ADA-compliant
rooms. The $15.6 million project will
encompass nearly 119,000 square feet
and includes safe rooms, technology
rooms, eight laundries, two studies,
and even a convenience store.
“I think my emotions were mixed
about the demolition,” Reeves said.
“We went through a long process
about the best thing to do with
Alumni, and it was determined
renovation was not feasible – that it
would be better to tear it down,” he
said. “There were a lot of memories
there and for many of our men,
Alumni was the only living option, so
it was ‘home’ to a lot of men.”
“We’re glad to see a new building,
but we’ll have a lot of memories we’ll
all cherish over the years,” he said.
Demolition on the building began
on May 15, after a sale of the surplus
furnishings. The new building is
expected to be ready for occupancy in
the fall of 2015.
- Clif Lusk
Even as Alumni