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Poling Hall has a large, recently-remodeled kitchen with an attached eating area and lounge on the fifth floor. The kitchen includes a full-size refrigerator and freezer, oven, cooktop and microwave, and is available for residents to use 24/7. Cooking equipment is available for checkout from the front desk. Each floor also has a shared microwave for resident use.
Poling Hall has a large lounge in the basement with games, study space, and cable TV. In addition, the first floor houses a large classroom, and there are smaller lounges on each floor of the building where students can gather to study, relax, and socialize. All lounge spaces are available to residents 24/7.
Innovation Nation: Poling is one of the halls that serves as a home to Innovation Nation, the living-learning community for students in pre-Business majors. Students living in Innovation Nation have access to a high-tech makerspace, as well as social events and symposiums for executives and entrepreneurs.
Business students are required to live in Innovation Nation, with few exceptions. Business students who would like to live in a non-Business community or with a non-Business roommate can contact UHDS for more information.
Nia Black Scholar LLC: Beginning in fall 2020, the first floor of Poling Hall will be home to a community for students with a shared interested in centering Black people and people of the African diaspora. Nia will allow students to build strong community, explore racial identity and understand what it means to be Black and African American in Oregon and at Oregon State University. Nia, one of seven Nguzo Saba, Kwanzaa principles, means “to make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness."
munk-skukum Indigenous LLC: Beginning in fall 2020, the first floor of Poling Hall will also offer residential space for students to find community, explore cultural identity and learn more about the lands on which they will be residing. The munk-skukum community offers connections to students with a shared interest in centering Indigenous and Native American people, to cultural events on campus and to resources to help support students while they are at Oregon State University. munk-skukum means “to strengthen” in chinuk wawa (the local trade language), and we believe a strong community is central to the student experience at Oregon State
Professional Staff: Each hall has a professional Resident Director, who lives on campus, supervises student staff members, and is available to meet with students one-on-one for guidance and support.
Student Staff: A team of student staff members lives in Poling Hall to assist residents.