Duncan Hall

 

Duncan Hall

HALL HISTORY

In 2008, for the first time in over ten years, the University of Notre Dame opened a new residence hall on campus. Duncan Hall was made possible by a generous gift of Mr. Raymond T. Duncan, a 1952 graduate of Notre Dame, president of Duncan Oil Inc. in Denver, Colorado, and owner of Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, California. With the groundbreaking taking place on March 8th, 2007, the 68,482- square-foot, three-story building housing 232 undergraduate students took only seventeen months to complete, yet it features eye-catching architectural designs that provide optimal living space for its residents. From its spacious lounges to the panoramic views, from its bay windows to the space for prayer within its breathtaking chapel, Duncan Hall will no doubt be one of the finest residence halls on campus for many years to come.

The Duncan family has enjoyed a long and storied history with the university. Raymond’s father Walter graduated from Notre Dame in 1912 and went on to serve on the Board of Trustees. Upon graduating with a degree in philosophy, Raymond not only worked in the private sector with his father in the oil business, but he also served his alma mater both as a member of the Arts and Letters Advisory Council and as a member of the advisory council of the Snite Museum of Art. Other members of the Duncan family, including two of Raymond’s three brothers as well as two of his four sons are alumni of the university.

ROOM INFORMATION

Duncan Hall has a variety of room configurations. Most rooms are doubles, but there are also a “six-man” (with private bathroom); a “five-man”; five “super quads” (with private bathrooms); eight quads; and numerous triples and singles.

RECTOR: MR. Nhat Nguyen

574-631-6457
nnguyen3@nd.edu

Having joined Residential Life at Notre Dame last August, Nhat Nguyen served the University for one year as the Rector of Fischer, O’Hara-Grace (FOG) Graduate Residences. Nhat graduated with a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, America’s First Catholic Seminary. He spent two years discerning the diocesan priesthood with the Diocese of Richmond and he came to realize that “there’s something about Mary.” He began his theological studies at Saint Mary’s and his pastoral assignments included: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Nazareth and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, among others. He could not be more affirmed to be working at a university that carries the name of Notre Dame, Our Lady. Prior to the seminary, Nhat graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from James Madison University, where he was also a Division I student-athlete on the varsity wrestling team and a three-time All-State wrestler. He became the Assistant Catholic Campus Minister at JMU after graduation, and the following year was promoted to be the Catholic Campus Minister at Roanoke College. Nhat hails from Roanoke, Virginia, where his family of nine settled in 1993 from Vietnam.
 
When asked to reflect on this invitation to serve in the formation of Notre Dame undergraduate students, Nhat answered: “It’s the ‘American Story.’ Our family is a first-generation immigrant family who came to the United States in 1993, and we identified ourselves with Notre Dame because of its Catholicity, tradition, and values. To be a part of this University is my ‘American Dream.’ I believe that my passion for service and love for ministry will prepare me to meet the rigorous demands of being Rector. My many years of ministerial work have given me a genuine empathy, which enables me to connect well and personally with others, and a deep desire to be a man for others in the likeness of Christ.”
FAST FACTS

Established: 2008
Mascot/Nickname: Highlanders
Color: Blue and Green
Quad Location: West Quad
Chapel: St. Walter's Chapel
Signature Event: Highlander Highrise (dance at Willis Tower)
Charity: Holy Cross Missions 

PHOTO GALLERY

FACILITY OVERVIEW

Number of Floors: 3
Number of Rooms: 106
Capacity: 232

Elevator? Yes
Air Conditioning? Yes
Study Room(s)? Yes
Exercise Room? Yes
Kitchen Access? Yes
Laundry Facilities? Yes
Sinks in Rooms? Yes
Modular Furniture? Yes

CAMPUS LOCATION

Location on Campus Map
North: Pangborn Hall
South: Recreational Fields
East: McGlinn Hall
West: ND Golf Course (9 hole)