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Evangel University to renovate Walther Hall dormitory as part of historic Here.Now. campaign

Published on Sep 14, 2022 by Erin Hedlun

Kitchenettes will be placed on every floor that include ovens, refrigerators, banks of microwaves, and more.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University announced today that it will begin residence hall renovations with Walther Hall, one of the oldest dorms on campus.

“It’s an exciting time for our community,” Dr. Mike Rakes, Evangel University president, said. “The Walther Hall remodel is just the first. When it is complete, we will, in faith, move to the next one on the list as we work to elevate the student experience on campus.”

Originally built in 1969 and lightly renovated in 2008, Walther Hall has historically housed female students. This academic year the dorm houses both female and male students in separate wings.

“The relative condition and size of Walther Hall make this a great first dorm renovation project,” said Dr. Michael Kolstad, EU chief of staff. “We recognize that living spaces are important to the overall college experience, and we look forward to making our residence halls, beginning with Walther, a fantastic place for our students as they experience life at Evangel.”

Remodel plans include a new state-of-the-art HVAC system allowing for individual room temperature control, new plumbing, shower stalls, community areas, both inside and out, including renovated first and second floor lobbies, the addition of floor-by-floor kitchenettes and laundry facilities, including a bank of microwaves, oven, refrigerator, farmhouse style sink, and disposal system, new furniture, and new finishes (paint, flooring, etc.)

Construction will begin this December and is expected to be completed by fall 2023.

The project is one element of the university’s new construction campaign, Here.Now. Other facets of the campaign include a new arena, fieldhouse, and lighted intramural sports field. Additional details about construction start dates for these projects will be announced later this fall.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at