Welcome to Van Rensselaer Hall!
I am Andrew Fuller, the Resident Director (RD) for Race Street Residences and Van Rensselaer Hall – we call it “Van R” for short. I am excited to be in my first year working at Drexel and living in Philadelphia. Prior to working at Drexel, I was an RD for 3 years in upstate New York. I grew up in Missouri, and also went to college there. As the RD, I work closely with the Resident Assistants (RAs) and Residential Desk Coordinators (RDCs) to ensure that Van R is a great and safe home away from home. We will be answering questions, putting on events, and challenging you to make the most of your Drexel experience. We hope that you will love living in Van R, have fun, and learn a thing or two!
As an RD for two buildings, I have an office in both Race and Van R and will spend a couple days a week in each office. Look for the signs outside of my office (108 – by the elevators) to see which days I will be in Van R – and don’t hesitate to find me in Race if those days are better for you.
There are a variety of ways to get involved with the community in VanR. Our RAs and RDCs will be hosting several events, we will have a community service project each term, and sometimes we will have joint events with Race Street Residences! (Since I am the RD at both places – consider yourselves friendly neighbors!) You can join Hall Council and take an active role in putting on events and advocating for resident needs. Just speak to your RA and they can get you in touch with the Council reps! You can also become a Student Desk Assistant by talking to one of the RDCs and filling out an application.
Van R is home to about 185 Drexel students – that means you have a great opportunity to meet most, if not all, of your neighbors. I think you’ll find Van R to be a friendly and close-knit community. We’re excited to have you in VanR!
Some interesting information about Van Rensselaer Hall:
Named after Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer, one of Anthony Drexel’s daughters, Van Rensselaer Hall was completed in 1931 as a women’s “dormitory.” Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer was a Philadelphia socialite, philanthropist, and supporter of the Drexel Institute. Her contributions made the construction of Curtis Hall possible in 1928.
Fun fact: You’ll notice that the basement is actually labeled as “D” in the elevator. That is because when first built, the current basement served as the Dining Room. Van R is currently a co-ed suite style building and home to 185 first-year students. There are no community showers here, but with a kitchen, it offers you the opportunity to learn how to cook. We encourage residents to leave their doors open while they’re home in order to get to know everyone on their floor. You can also take advantage of the VanR Skylounge above the 11th floor with a great view of the skyline – a lovely place to study or socialize.