AU To Host Dunn Hall Renovation Dedication and Celebration


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University recently renovated its beloved dormitory, S.P. Dunn Hall, and will host a dedication and celebration during Homecoming weekend Oct. 15. The event will take place in the Dunn Hall lobby at 10 a.m. 

“It’s an honor for us to recognize the courageous, pioneering work of Rev. S.P. Dunn, and the generosity of his congregation, which made possible the original construction of Dunn Hall,” said President John S. Pistole. “Now it is beautifully updated and enhanced by the generosity of the Rickers and Salins.”

Jay and Nancy Ricker gave $1 million for the project, and the Bill Salin family gave $100,000 to help with the Dunn Lounge, which will now be renamed the Salin Family Lounge, and the Myers Hall Lounge, also to be renamed the Salin Family Lounge.

“We’re thankful for Jay and Nancy Ricker’s significant gift to renovate many aspects of Dunn Hall, enhancing the appearance, comfort and livability of the men’s residence,” said Jen Hunt, vice president for advancement. “In addition, we’re thankful for the significant contribution from the Salin family, specifically to update the lounges of Dunn and Myers Halls. It is their hope that the renovations and the new Salin Family Lounges will make students feel appreciated and find their living  spaces more enjoyable.”

Constructed in 1954, Dunn Hall was the first male dormitory on the Anderson University campus. The building was known as Men’s Residence Hall until it was renamed in 1960 in honor of long-serving Anderson College Board of Trustee Member, Sethard Pirlum Dunn. At the time, it was the only campus building named in honor of an African American in the Midwest beyond the region’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.