Special guests to the ceremony included the family of Martha Farris, for whom the complex was named. Gordon Wiggers, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees welcomed those in attendance and described the new apartments as an example of “what God’s people can do when they work in his name.”
Ashleigh Holden, a junior nursing major from Plano, is one of Farris Hall’s first residents. She described the benefits of living in the new apartments, including the freedom to study in peace in her private bedroom. “They don’t feel like dorm rooms for students,” Holden said.
President Randy O’Rear said that the only thing that could have made the occasion more special would have been having Martha Farris in attendance; her health prohibited her from making the trip from her home in Floydada, Texas, for the ceremony. O’Rear described Farris as a passionate Christian and a faithful university supporter. After a prayer of dedication, Farris’s sons John and George joined other dignitaries in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Farris Hall is the first new facility to be dedicated as part of the university’s Campus Master Plan. The 82,750-square-foot Farris Hall houses 163 apartments in a mix of 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4-bedroom configurations. Each unit has a shared living room, kitchen, dining room, and laundry area, plus a private bedroom and bath for each resident. The facility is located on a bluff overlooking Nolan Creek, offering residents beautiful views in every direction.