"West Campus Apartments Dedicated in Ceremony" in The Villanovan (1994)


"West Campus Apartments Dedicated in Ceremony" in The Villanovan (1994)


This article was on the front page of The Villanovan student newspaper in October of 1994. The article describes the dedication ceremony for four West Campus apartment buildings, including Moulden and Rudolph Halls. The author also gave brief explanations for who each building was named in honor of. 


Jane Papaccio


The Villanovan, Vol. 70. No. 5


October 28, 1994


Angelina Lincoln






The dedication of the new West Campus residence halls took place Oct. 11 in front of Welsh Hall. The four buildings, William and Jane Moulden Hall, John A. Klekotka, O.S.A. Hall, Jane Rudolph Hall, and Robert J. Welsh, O.S.A. Hall, were blessed in a formal ceremony and the naming of each building was explained. Dr. Christine Lysionek, director of Residence Life, began the ceremony by introducing Dr. Richard A. Neville, vice president of Student Life.

Neville welcomed the audience to the ceremony and proceeded to thank everyone who was involved with the construction of the apartments. "Board members, faculty and staff of the University, administrators, township officials and architects and builders: each group shares a common sense of happiness and satisfaction..." from the opening of the apartments, Neville said. However, "the happiest group here today are the students" who are currently living in the apartments. The construction of the new apartments demonstrates the University's "long-term hopes of adding significantly new and improved facilities" for students.

Each of the four apartments was dedicated in honor of individuals who have contributed to the University in some way. Julie Vastola, Apartment Assistant (AA) in Rudolph Hall, explained that the hall was named after Jane Rudolph who sold her Belle Air Estate to the Augustinians in 1841. She is considered to be the University's first benefactor.

Moulden Hall was named in honor of Bill and Julia Moulden, African-Americans who lived on the Belle Air Estate, said Clarence Watson, AA in Moulden Hall. Bill Moulden was an indentured servant who worked o the estate. The two contributed $200 to the construction of the first Chapel and willed their entire estate, approximately $7,000 to the University.

Greg Doran, AA in Klekotka Hall, explained that Klekotka was named after the Rev. John A. Klekotka O.S.A. who was the 23rd president of the University from 1959-1965. During his administration, Mendel Hall was constructed.

Welsh Hall has been name din honor of the Rev. Robert J. Welsh O.S.A. who was the 25th president of the University from 1967-1971, said Stan Phelps, AA in Welsh Hall. During his administration, the Univeristy opened its doors to females and the University Senate was established. Until his death in 1992, Welsh served as assistant to the University President, the Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A.

James Drobile, chairman of the Board of Trustees, then spoke concerning the construction of the ... (Continued on page 4)



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