- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska Southeast has finally celebrated the dedication of its year-old freshman residence hall.

The Juneau Empire reports (https://bit.ly/1FnMDiD ) that on Saturday Chancellor John Pugh led the dedication and said construction on the $14 million dollar building got in the way of doing it last fall.

The five-story, wood-and-glass residence hall located right on campus houses 110 students and was conceived years ago as a way to improve freshman retention at the university.

City and Borough of Juneau Assemblywoman Mary Becker says the dorm offers support for students so they can succeed and go on to graduate from the school.

Freshman Jasmihn Williams, who moved from Salt Lake City, says her first-year experience in the dorm was enough to convince her to stay in Juneau.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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