Hamline News

Sorin Hall Renovation Complete

The first floor of Sorin Hall is now open to the public with a new look and new tenants in a freshly renovated space. The updated offices and gathering areas will make it easier for students to access resources they need and give them a new space to take the lead.

The offices and spaces now located in Sorin include the Hamline Bookstore, Safety and Security, Hamline PiperXpress, a gathering space, and Conference and Event Management (CEM). Individuals can access the space to get new Hamline gear from the bookstore, speak to CEM about renting a space on campus, or even just to see how Sorin Hall has changed.

In addition to the new residents of Sorin, some new rooms were added to the space including a brand new game room—The Gamestop. The new room has more seating for students to hang out with friends and will soon be receiving a pool table or ping pong table.

The building is also equipped with a new gathering place for people to connect with one another which includes a projection monitor for presentations. Improvements have been made to the old computer lab, converting it into another study room for students work on projects and homework together.

Originally dedicated in 1958, Sorin Hall was created as an all women’s residence hall. It was named after Elizabeth and Emily Sorin, the first graduates of Hamline University. The first floor of Sorin was used as a cafeteria until the Anderson Center was completed in 2012. Though the first floor of the building now provides a hub of student resources, the upper floors still house over 100 gender diverse students.

Alumni are invited to visit campus to see how Sorin Hall has changed.