With the familiar strains of “My Kind of Town,” “My Way,” and other Frank Sinatra hits playing in the background, Montclair State University community members, and local municipal dignitaries and friends gathered together on September 16 to celebrate the official opening of Montclair State’s newest residential facility, Francis A. Sinatra Hall.
With the traditional ribbon cutting as the centerpiece, the opening ceremony was hosted by Montclair State University’s Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Karen L. Pennington and featured remarks from Little Falls Mayor Michael DeFrancisci, as well as Montclair State’s Student Government Association President Chris Goscinski, Residence Leadership Council President Alyssa Stokes, and Sinatra Hall’s community assistant, Joe Zobel.
Named by popular vote for the famous New Jersey native, Sinatra Hall is located on Clove Road between the Village at Little Falls and Hawk Crossings, and is a 303-bed facility configured for “suite-style living.” Between six and eight students occupy each suite and share common facilities such as the lounges and the community kitchen. The building is currently fully occupied by sophomore, junior, and senior students.
Continuing the Montclair State tradition of naming residence halls after deceased New Jerseyans of note, the new hall was named for Sinatra based on the results of a campus-wide referendum. According to Pennington, “Ol’ Blue Eyes” won out over the competition by a margin of 12 to 1. “Our students and our community did it ‘their way,’ letting us know that ‘their way’ was the Sinatra way,” she quipped.
See more photos from the opening.
Read an article about the event in The Record.
View NJN’s news coverage of the opening. (The coverage is at the end of the newscast. Please scroll down and click “Sinatra Hall” to jump to the segment.)
View a video from the event.