Upton Hastings Residence Hall
UPTON HASTINGS HALL
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY
Upton Hastings offers students a range of Living Learning Communities - some returning favorites, and some which were launched in fall 2012.
Honors Living Learning Community is a community for Honors students, regardless of major.
New for fall 2012: the Community of Aspiring Teachers (CAT) Living Learning Community.
Upton Hastings is a U-shaped building enclosing the main entrance and central courtyard. Looking in to the courtyard, the Upton wing is on the left and Hastings wing is on the right. The bottom of the U is called the main section. Generally, women are housed in the wings and men are housed in the main, all in traditional doubles with shared, common bathrooms. The spacious laundry room is located on 2nd Upton, between the men's main section and the women's wing. There are 155 double rooms in Upton Hastings.
Hastings Informal Lounge on the first floor is the prime gathering spot for hall-wide events; a large television, new furniture and cafe tables and a common kitchen encourage hanging out. The larger, Hastings Formal Lounge is a space that is booked by the university community at large for many events, including visiting speakers, dances, and summer conference groups.
Two classroom spaces, 280 Hastings and 387 Upton, are utilized by the learning communities.
Every room has built-in closets and dressers, desks and desk chairs, and regular twin beds. Amenities include a room micro-fridge, high speed wired internet and cable television hookups.
Upton Hastings hosts community dinners, Macho Nacho Movie Nights, girls nights, concerts, flag football games, dances, in-hall workout sessions and many other events. Residents have also gone on apple picking trips and a Boston trip.
Upton Hall dates from 1960 and was originally a dormitory for women. It was named for Ethelyn F. Upton who taught mathematics beginning in 1932 and was the Director of Student Teaching from 1945 to her retirement in 1962. Hastings Hall, the adjacent unit, opened in 1968 and was named for Mary Hastings who preceeded Miss Upton as Director of Student Teaching. This hall was built at a cost of $947,000 (quite a contrast to the cost of Corthell ($23,170.39), ninety years earlier!) The placing of the time capsule and the laying of the cornerstone by President Kenneth T. H. Brooks and Dean of Women Edna F. Dickey took place at ceremonies held on May 10, 1967. The Upton-Hastings complex houses 300 students. Dr. Brooks’ span as President, from 1960 to 1970, saw two large changes of name and function. In 1965, Gorham became a State College, thereby greatly broadening its academic purpose. In 1968, it became a unit of the newly created University of Maine system. Upton Hastings now includes Campus Card Services, the Office of Community Standards, Mail Services, Residential Life and Resident Education, and University Health and Counseling, Res-Net, Campus Safety Project, and the Wellness Resource Center.
Upton Hastings is conveniently located next to the Campus Bookstore and the dining hall.
WHAT MAKES UPTON HASTINGS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
Upton Hastings attracts a wide variety of students, which helps to broaden the experiences of all students. It is a very active community as well.