Thomas Merton Hall


Thomas Merton Hall is named after Thomas Merton, who was ordained to the Priesthood in 1949 and given the name Father Louis. His writings focused on Social Justice and interfaith relations. Thomas Merton was monumental in strengthening the relationships between the Catholic Church and other religions.
Located in the heart of campus, Merton Hall houses over 300 first-year students in a traditional corridor style building. Staffed with 11 student Resident Success Assistants and 1 professional Residence Hall Director, Merton Hall is a great environment for first-year students to get to know each other and prepare for academic success.

Building Amenities
  • Over 300 first-year residential students
  • Shared kitchen space on each floor
  • Overnight security presence at the main entrance of the building
  • Card swipe entry at the main entrance
  • Laundry facilities on each floor
  • Vending machines located throughout the building
  • Shared gender specific common bathrooms

Room Amenities

  • Double and Triple Occupancy
  • Window Coverings
  • Card Swipe Entry to the Room
  • Desks (One per resident)
  • Chairs (One per resident)
  • Adjustable bed (One per resident)*
  • Three Drawer Dresser (One per resident)
  • Clothes Armoire (One per resident)
  • Cable Television Jack (One per room)
  • Air Conditioning/Heating Unit
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Micro-fridge unit (One per room)

*Lofting equipment is available upon request through the Residential Life Staff

Additional Notes

Telephone lines are not provided in the rooms. Most students use their cell phone as their main mode of communication.

Meet the Staff

Becca Blackett

Rebecca Blackett
Residence Hall Director
Tel: 203-416-3418

Resident Success Assistants

  • William McNeil (SRSA)
  • Lily Dipaola
  • Chadd Ferro
  • Elias Gharios
  • Marissa Gomes
  • Christina Hafkemeyer
  • Alana Miller
  • Michelle Perrotta
  • Katie Pier
  • Zachary Ramirez
  • John Varsam

Events Calendar

Penny Wars
Phi Sigma Sigma Raffle
Campus Wide Tunnel of Oppression
University Commons Auditorium
Wednesday, March 25, 4pm – Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7pm

We are setting up what is known as a Tunnel of Oppression, which is a diversity awareness program that walks people through to open their eyes to the impact of diversity issues that are still prevalent today.

The room would be divided into 7 smaller rooms within the space. Each room represents a different form of a ism that is still prevalent in society today. Some of these include ageism, sexism, racism, etc.

As people walk through they will be immersed in a room that treats them as if they are the minority of that category. This experience opens their eyes to what people in this category face on a daily basis.

For the Sacred Heart Campus Wide version we need to set up the night before to make sure everything is in order. We will use pipe and drape from campus operations to divide up the room into 7 sections.

Once that is set up each room will need to be set up to represent the different topic we are addressing. It will be a combination of audio, visual imagery in the form of posters, videos, and words, as well as students that may participate.

Res Life in addition with student activities, the counseling center, different major offices, and student groups will be in participation for the set up and walking through of students through this project.

Our tentative schedule to begin the tunnel is 10:00am on March 26th and have it continue until about 3:30/4:00pm to allow for maximum exposure for the campus.

After this we will breakdown the event in time for the next group to utilize the space.


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