A student-inspired and student-designed study space was the driving force behind the multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project that Student Government sponsored and took all the way to the Governor for support.
For generations of Gators, the number one most requested student service on campus was an additional, state of the art study space. After hearing students voice this concern over a number of years, Student Government explored different ways to solve this pervasive issue. As a historic building on campus, Newell Hall was selected as the destination of a student space unlike any other we have at the University of Florida. Student Government worked tirelessly for a number of years to keep Newell Hall funding at the forefront of the legislative agenda and with student rallies, letter writing campaigns and countless meetings with the Governor, his staff, and members of the state house and senate, $10 million was secured in funding for the renovation project. An additional $5 million was designated by President Machen.
Newell Hall Learning Commons provides a modern, vibrant environment that fosters and encourages student learning. Newell Hall was built for students and by students and is accessible 24 hours a day. The facility is open to the general public from 6am – 6pm and requires University of Florida students to swipe their Gator 1 Card for entry from 6pm – 6am. It is also the home to Au Bon Pain (The Bakery Café) and the Center for Undergraduate Research.
Newell Hall is funded by Student Government.
The Newell Hall Student Advisory Board serves as student representatives tasked with advising the management of the the facility. The advisory board previously provided guidance on the design and construction of the facility during the ReNewell renovation project. The board has been integral in other projects such as furniture selection and Student Government print stations.