Date: August 17, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech officials will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week for the newest residence hall on campus.

The ceremony for the new Grover E. Murray residence hall is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday (Aug. 19). Murray Hall is located on 10th Street near Carpenter/Wells residence hall and the Fuller Track Field.

"We are very excited about providing this new living/learning environment for our students," said Sean Duggan, director of Texas Tech's Department of Housing and Residence Life. "The building is beautiful, and it will provide privacy and services that will help students be academically successful."

Murray Hall, a 514-bed, residence hall, features fully furnished, four-bedroom, two-bath suites. The 178,000 square-foot facility includes Ethernet connections and expanded basic cable television service in each bedroom; laundry and study room facilities on each floor; and a new Sam's Place mini-market inside the residence hall itself.

The hall will feature a new sculpture entitled "Wind River" by renowned artist Deborah Butterfield. The sculpture of the larger-than-life horse will be installed on August 29.

The building was constructed over 16 months, and students will be able to move in on August 20. Led by Austin Commercial, L.P., of Dallas, the design-build team also included the Dallas-based design firm of BOKA Powell, LLC.

The new residence hall is named for Grover E. Murray, a former president of Texas Tech, who died in 2003. He was president of Texas Tech University from 1966-76. During his decade as president, Murray oversaw the establishment of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies, the opening of the School of Law in 1967 and of the School of Medicine in 1972. He was also instrumental in the development of the Museum of Texas Tech University and the Ranching Heritage Center. He also helped shepherd the institution through its name change from Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University. Enrollment increased from 17,768 to 22,580 students during his term, and 13 major construction projects were initiated.


SOURCE: Sean Duggan, director, Department of Housing and Residence Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2542, or e-mail