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Muhlenberg gives Hillel new home

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New residence halls under way

Three new trustees join board

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Three great ways to join The Circle of 1848

New residence halls under way

The College has announced an ambitious new building plan that includes new residence halls on the ridge southwest of the Trexler Pavilion; a major renovation to the Student Union; and renovations to the Life Sports Center, including new recreation and fitness centers, additional locker rooms and coaches' offices, and a new Health and Counseling Center.

Groundbreaking for the two new residence halls occurred in November. These will house 140 students in suites of four single rooms, each with a galley kitchen, bathroom and living area. Each building will consist of two "houses" with a common social space for meetings and large group activities.

Plans for the Student Union and the Life Sports/Health and Counseling Centers are in the beginning phases, but tentative improvements for the Union include major kitchen renovations; additional space for student activities, academic support, career services; and more room for dining and meeting areas.

Three new trustees join board

Three individuals were named to the College's Board of Trustees at the annual meeting held Oct. 19-20. Paul Marin, Emmaus, Pa.; James Skidmore, Berkeley Heights, N.J.; and John Walson Jr., South Whitehall, Pa., began their terms in October. Paul Marin is the senior vice president of investments at Paine Webber in New York City. Previously, he served as vice president and sales manager for Salomon Smith Barney, also headquartered in New York City. Marin graduated from Muhlenberg College's W. Clarke Wescoe School of Professional Studies in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

James Skidmore has been the president and CEO of Science Management Corp. since 1972. Previously, he worked for Handy Associates, New Jersey Bell and Pepsico. A 1954 graduate of Muhlenberg, He previously served on the Board of Trustees from 1981-1992. Skidmore has been a member or currently holds membership on several corporate boards, including Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey, United Jersey Bank and Coca-Cola Bottling of New York.

John Walson Jr. is president of Service Electric Television, the first cable station in the nation. His father, John Walson Sr., founded the company in 1948. Walson Jr. is also part owner of the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs, an expansion team of the U.S. Basketball League, and of the Allentown Ambassadors, the Lehigh Valley's Northern League baseball team.

In addition, former Trustee Walter W. Weller Jr. was named a Life Trustee. Weller received his bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg in 1944. Now retired from Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., a pharmaceutical firm based in Nutley, N.J., he resides in Hilton Head, S.C. Weller was the recipient of Muhlenberg College's Alumni Achievement Award for Attainment in Life in 1974 and served on the Board of Trustees from 1994-1999.


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