History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 78

78 College students love technology. They want whatever is newest and fastest. They have a knack for incorporating technology routinely into their day-today lives. Computer access in UF residence halls grew from a 1985 dial-up pilot project for 40 residents living in the Fletcher Island Community to a high speed wired and wireless Ethernet service serving over 10,000 staff, residence hall residents, and graduate and family housing residents today. Housing and Residence Education (HRE) owns and maintains the Department of Housing Network, or DHNet, computer access network and provides IT support to Division of Student Affairs departments. The growth of the campus housing program resulted in more Housing staff and the need for more office space. Over the years, the main Housing office was located in Thomas Hall, Murphree Hall, Tigert Hall, and Broward Hall. In 1967, the Housing and Residence Education Office was built on its present location at the corner of SW 13th Street and Museum Road as part of the Beaty Towers construction project. Expansions occurred in the 1970s, 1987, and 1995-96. A major revision of the Housing Office was completed in 2012. Mo r e G r o w t h . . . a n d C h a n g e : 1 9 9 0 – 2 0 1 0 In the mid-1980s, wait lists for undergraduate housing averaged 1,500 students, the housing lottery system resulted in turning away nearly 1,000 continuing residents wanting to live on campus each year, and the wait for available graduate and family housing apartments averaged 6- 9 months. No campus housing had been built since 1973. To meet the demand for campus housing, Keys Residential Complex (1991), Springs Residential Complex (1995), Lakeside Residential Complex (2000), and the Honors Residential College at Hume Hall (2002) were constructed. Old Hume Hall was razed in 2000 and the site used to construct a new Hume Hall. Springs Residential Complex was also constructed to assist with the reassignment of male student athletes to residence facilities when Yon Hall was closed in 1995. Yon Hall was a male student athlete residence hall operated by the University Athletic Association located at the stadium. At the 1991 Convention, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) adopted a ruling eliminating all athletic residence halls on university campuses by August 1, 1996. In 1997, HRE administrators were approached by administrators from Shands about transferring Schucht Village property. All buildings but Building #271 H i s t o r y o f t h e UF D S A