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New Residence Hall Named for Lawrence A. Ianni

Lawrence A. Ianni

On Friday, September 16, 2011, a dedication ceremony naming UMD's new student residence, Ianni Hall, was held. The ceremony honored Chancellor Emeritus Lawrence A. Ianni, who spoke at the event. Ianni was joined by his wife, Mary Ellen.

Ianni served as the seventh chancellor at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1987-1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, his master’s and doctorate degrees in English from Case-Western Reserve University.

In making the transition from teaching and scholarship to administrative work, Ianni said, “I moved to a different kind of teaching, since the role of a university administrator is to persuade the university community—and the public which it serves—of the need for the highest quality in education and committing the resources to achieve it.”

His academic interests are English and American language and literature. His publications range across a variety of topics including the relationship between science and literature, the structure and psychology of language, and collective bargaining in university settings. Ianni has written a trilogy and several novels since retiring from UMD.

The seventh-floor study lounge
The lobby of the new residence hall

Ianni Hall Highlights
The residence houses 280 students. Special features include a fireplace and seating area, along with a mailroom in the lobby; a walk out basement toward Vermilion Hall that allows access to the indoor laundry, study lounge, and bike storage room. "The indoor bike storage room with the convenient same-floor access is a nice amenity that should almost eliminate residents from having to carry their bikes through living areas and elevators to reach indoor secure storage space," said John Kessler, project management division of facilities management.

Putting Ianni Hall to Use
The building offers two small-group study rooms and conference rooms with digital technology to cater to the needs of those coming to UMD. Additional study lounges are on each of the seven floors with an all-glass panel wall. The windows offer views of Chester Bowl and Lake Superior, and the upper floor lounges have especially scenic views. Communal bathrooms are located on each floor.

Lobbying for Change
Ianni Hall has a main entrance and lobby similar to that of Lake Superior Hall. “It’s exciting because now residents won't have to go to the LSH lobby, because they'll have their own,” said student Susie Lindemann. “I also think it's great that there's a place where all residents can come together."

Building Sustainable Dorms
Like recent buildings, Ianni Hall is entering the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification process to continue UMD’s sustainability efforts. To receive this certification, the building has included energy efficient opening windows and substantial insulation. Power usage is displayed on a campus digital sign from data taken at meters throughout the building, teaching students about energy and conservation. As of this writing, the building's status in the LEED process is unknown.

Chancellors at Ianni Hall Ianni speaking at ceremony
(l-r) Mary Ellen Ianni, former Chancellor Lawrence A. Ianni, former Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin and current Chancellor Lendley "Lynn" Black. Former Chancellor Lawrence A. Ianni speaks inside the residence hall that bears his name.







Written by Cheryl Reitan and Christiana Kapsner. August 2011

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