Nearly five years after it was built, Southeast Missouri State University's newest residence hall has an official name.
The board of regents voted Friday to name the residence hall on Henderson Avenue after the school's fifth president, Willard Duncan Vandiver, who later coined the "Show Me State" slogan.
The name was one of three recommended to the regents by a student government committee. The other choices were Leon Albert Hall, which would have been named after a former regent who is credited with helping develop the first dormitories on campus in the early 1900s; and "Hawthorn," in recognition of the official state flower of Missouri.
Regent Al Spradling III joked that he thought "Waterfall Hall" would have been a good name as the residence hall is located near the university's fountain entrances to the campus.
On a serious note, Spradlng said Vandiver seemed an appropriate name given the former university president's connection to the state's nickname and the fact that the university is home to the Show Me Center.
Former student government president Adam Hanna told the regents that students wanted a formal name for the residence hall that has become known as "New Hall" to both students and staff.
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