Completed in 1958, Union’s women’s residence hall was named in honor of Ms. Pearl L. Rees. The east wing was added in 1965. Rees Hall can accommodate 300 students and has several guest rooms, a large, comfortable lobby and a chapel.
Pearl Rees served as preceptress (or in more modern terms, “dean”) for nearly 25 years, starting in 1921. An 1898 graduate of Union, she is one of the alumni represented by a rock in the Rock Pile. Before returning to Union, she had worked as secretary for the Atlantic Union Conference and preceptress at South Lancaster Academy, which later became Atlantic Union College. She died in Lincoln in 1966, meaning she was still around to see her alma mater and former employer dedicate this building in her honor.
In addition to the women’s dorm, Rees Hall also houses:
The International Rescue and Relief Program is one of Union’s most unique academic offerings, combining emergency management, international aid work, rescue certification and a choice of pre-medical/pre-dental, paramedical/firefighter, or pre-PA/pre-professional tracks. The program’s space includes a bouldering wall and the largest single-toilet bathroom on campus (seriously, you have to see it to believe it).
Did you know? Near the entrance of Rees Hall is a concrete table and bird bath. While we don’t know the exact date of their creation, these were made sometime around 1900, and have been in a few different locations around campus during their lifetime.