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New focus and opportunities brought to ABAC Place with the addition of Stafford Hall

Kaitlyn Cawley
Staff Writer
The deans of the Stafford School of Business, Dill and Susan Driscoll, have started a new project for ABAC students—Stafford Hall, a housing unit dedicated to students with an interest in business.
This “hall” will be located on the second floor of the 100 building of ABAC Place and will house 72 students, although it is likely to grow to accommodate more students, the Driscolls say. Each of the students in Stafford Hall will demonstrate an interest in business; however, these students can major in any area.
Like honors’ housing at the University of Georgia, Stafford Hall will provide students with an environment of like-minded peers. Stafford Hall will feature business memorabilia and décor; also, the hall will feature a lounge for students.
Chris Kinsey, director of housing, states of the project, “We are looking forward to welcoming the school of business into housing, and we are excited to be able to partner with them to provide a focused, opportunity-driven living environment.”
As far as opportunities are concerned, there will be plenty: a weekly dinner with Dill and Susan to discuss business topics, private encounters with business speakers who travel to ABAC, and advancement in student job and internship searches.
As for the residents of the hall who Dill Driscoll considers to “have run the gauntlet” and who complete their junior and senior years at ABAC, the deans have vowed to do everything in their powers to find them jobs.
Many prospective students are excited about the project. “I think it’s an opportunity that ABAC would never have without the Driscolls, their experience, and the connections they can offer their students,” says Nadine Loitz, soon to be a Stafford Hall resident.
In addition to Stafford Hall, the Stafford School of Business promises many more opportunities for students. An internship and job placement center will soon be located in Lewis Hall. A full-time employee will be hired to assist ABAC Stafford School of Business students and ABAC alumni find jobs and internships.