After more than a year of construction, the newest campus residence, Snyamncut Hall, has opened as housing for students. The grand opening for the state-of-the-art residence hall will take place Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. when Dr. Arévalo begins the festivities with welcoming remarks.
Snyamncut (pronounced: sin-yam-en-suit) is the Salish word for place of gathering, with the connotation of it being a special place of emotional attachment—a place of the heart. It was a special meeting place for the Spokane people; an area that was mainly used for rest, relaxation and decision-making.
Salish is a shared language with different dialects used by several northwest tribal people. Interior Salish is the native language of the Spokane Tribe that lived in our area. Eastern Washington University is located within the larger ancestral home of the Spokane Tribe. In fact, the actual area of the University and surrounding lakes was an annual gathering spot in the summer for members of the tribe.
After Dr. A give the welcoming remarks, a Spokane tribal member will bestow a blessing upon the new residence. Refreshments and tours of the new hall will follow – if you haven’t seen the new hall yet, it’s something you’ll want to witness.
“You can explain how it is state of the art and has all the amenities you’d expect: wireless connectivity, community spaces, collaborative study areas like the Learning Commons, a great room with a gas fireplace, full kitchens and laundry on every floor. But, when you actually see it, you say to yourself: “this is unbelievable,’” said Josh Ashcroft, Chief Housing Officer for Housing and Residential Life. “It makes you want to go back to school – that seems to be what everyone who sees it is saying. Everyone comments on how it can build community and help students be successful.”
While the opening ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., refreshments will be served and tours of Snyamncut Hall will continue until 5 p.m.