Welcome to Millennium Hall!
As a new member of the Millennium Hall community, I would like to welcome you to your new home. Millennium Hall is home to almost 500 freshman students who come with many different experiences, traditions, and values, but who share a common place in which they live.
Millennium Hall is the newest residence hall on campus. The hall opened in 2009 and in its first year it housed the Sophomore Year Experience. In the Fall of 2010 Millennium became a first year hall and also became the new home of the Honors College Learning Community. Roughly 80% of Millennium residents are members of the Honors Program. This provides not only the Honors student but all of the students in Millennium Hall many unique opportunities to get involved and interact with faculty and staff on a more personal level.
Upon your first glance at Millennium Hall you will notice how unique the structure is compared to other building on campus. Millennium Hall was designed by renowned architect Erdy McHenry with Drexel students taking an active role in helping with the design. Made primarily of glass, the building has a nine degree twist and incorporates many environmental sustainable features, including a 3,000 square foot green roof to insulate the building, manage storm water and reduce the heat island effect on the roof. The building also has water-efficient toilets and shower heads.
The building is considered to be a hybrid between a traditional-style residence hall and suite-style residence hall; students live in double occupancy rooms, but enjoy the privacy of individual shower rooms and toilets. As Drexel's tallest building, the 17th floor has sweeping views of Philadelphia's skyline and is an open area for student to study or work on group projects while they enjoy the amazing views of Philly. Some other unique features of Millennium Hall are that every floor has a full kitchen which is available for residents to use, all of the floors also have a TV lounge and study lounge spaces. The laundry room is located on the first floor of Millennium Hall. Residents are able to use the web site www.laundryview.com to check what washers and dryers are currently in use and monitor the progress of their own laundry; the site will also sends residents text messages when they have finished the wash and dry cycle, so residents don’t have to worry about wrinkled clothes. The multi-purpose room is also located in the first floor and features a TV and ping pong table. The main entry area of the building features a pool table for resident use.
From move-in day to daily comings and goings you will notice many different staff members that make up the Millennium Hall Team. Every part of the staff is here to support and help you as you make the transition into adulthood. Some of the people that you will encounter are:
AD/RD: I’m Jen Tifone, and I am your AD/RD. I’m the masters-level professional who resides in Millennium Hall with you. My job is to supervise the hall staff, provide support to you, manage crises, and ensure that the facilities are being maintained. You will get to know me early in the term as I will visit your floor and occasionally scan your card as you enter the building. Know that if you need anything feel free to pop into my office and chat; it is located on the first floor just before you get to the multi-purpose room.
I’m originally from upstate New York and did my undergrad work at Edinboro University; after I finished undergrad I moved out to South Dakota where I worked at a small liberal arts university for four years. While out there I did my grad work at South Dakota State University. I enjoy playing soccer and am currently playing on an indoor team here in Philadelphia. I also enjoy doing volunteer work as well as reading and running. I have also just recently taken up gardening and have some lofty goals about being an urban farmer. I live with my dog Sammie who you may get to know throughout this year as from time to time we do events in the building with him as the lead attraction. He is a Goldendoodle who is afraid of his own shadow, but loves people and is always willing to let residents use him when they are missing a pet at home.
RDCs: Millennium Hall has two of the most amazing Residential Desk Coordinators (RDC). Michael Kopena is our morning RDC and Najah Mason is the Evening RDC. Both Michael and Najah are professional staff members who manage the day to day running of the front desk as well as assist in other operational areas in the building. Michael and Najah will be the first faces that you see as you enter the building. They will quickly learn your names so don’t be surprised when they begin to ask you questions about how your day and classes are going. Also feel free to hang out and talk with them at the desk, both Michael and Najah are college grads and are able to offer you a lot of advice and support as you make your way through your first year.
RAs: Millennium Hall has one Resident Assistant (RA) that lives on each floor of the building. Each RA has a floor of roughly 30 residents. The purpose of the RA is to create a community where each floor’s residents are comfortable and able to build connections with each other. Your RA will work with you to help you in acclimating to college as well as help you in making connections with others on the floor, in the building, and on campus.
Desk Workers: The Millennium desk workers are both current Millennium Hall residents as well as other Drexel students; their main responsibility is to ensure that everyone that enters the building is a resident or a guest of a resident. The student desk worker is another group of individual in the building that will get to know you and greet you by name.
As a new residence hall, our traditions are not as cemented in stone as other halls, but they are beginning to grow and develop into much talked about events:
Thanksgiving Dinner: Millennium Hall celebrates an annual Thanksgiving dinner, in which the building staff prepares a full meal with turkey, stuffing, veggies, and many, many desserts for nearly 500 building residents to enjoy.
Faculty Coffees: During each term the RAs work with the Honors program to bring faculty members into the hall to talk about a topic of interest to the residents. Topics range from religion and science to film and food.
Finals Breakfast: This breakfast is set up right in the main lobby for residents to grab some fuel as they are heading out to take their finals.
Faculty Dinner: Once per term Millennium invites a faculty member into the hall to take part in a faulty dinner. Residents are able to sign up and attend a catered meal and engage the faculty member in a marinade of topics. This is a hot activity and space is limited, so be sure to sign up quick before it books up.
Millennium Hall Council: Millennium Hall Council is a great way to get involved in the building and begin to develop your leadership skills. Hall Council is a student-run programming board where students develop programs for the building to enjoy. Through your work with Hall Council you can gain event planning and budgeting skills as well as leadership skills that you will be able to highlight during co-op and job interviews. To sign-up, check with your RA when you move in…meetings are held biweekly in the mutli-purpose room.