For generations of Gators, the number one most requested student service on campus was 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. After being left abandoned in the heart of campus, Newell Hall was decided on as the destination of a student space unlike any other we have at the University of Florida. Student Government and External Affairs worked tirelessly for a number of years to keep Newell Hall funding at the forefront of our legislative agenda. After student rallies, letter writing campaigns and dozens of meetings with the Governor and his staff, as well as members of the state house and senate, students were successful in securing $10 million. After an additional $5 million was secured by President Machen, the Newell Hall renovation began.
Today, the 24/7 Newell Hall Learning Commons provides a modern, vibrant environment that fosters and encourages student learning. Newell Hall was built for students and by students. The Learning Commons is open to the general public from 6am – 6pm and requires students to swipe their Gator 1 card from 6pm – 6am. For instructions on how to enter Newell from 6am – 6pm, please watch this video. Newell Hall is also the home to Au Bon Pain (The Bakery Café) and the Center for Undergraduate Research.
In order to keep Newell Hall clean and organized our team asks that support our efforts in throwing away your trash, recycling, and returning furniture to its original location. Our team also encourages you to contact one of our student managers if you see something that needs to be addressed in the building. If you have feedback about Newell Hall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also utilize hashtag #NewellHall on your social media accounts in order to share your experience while utilizing the building. We look forward to you collaborating, interacting, focusing, and rejuvenating in Newell Hall Learning Commons!