June 10, 2020
Named by Will Abele ’61 and Joan Abele in honor of former assistant professor of religion, wrestling coach and executive secretary for the alumni association Richard T. Schellhase ’45 and his wife Kay Schellhase ’57, the Commons is an important new gateway to the college. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Fifth Avenue, the modern structure—which incorporates historic Keigwin Hall— is a hub for activity and excitement complete with a coffeehouse, bookstore and a “home base” for our admissions team.
But it will also connect generations of Ursinus students, serving as the place that prospective students and their families will come when they first step foot on campus, and a gathering spot for the thousands of alumni who return to Collegeville throughout the year. Additionally, the Commons builds upon our designation as a destination campus and is a vital connector to our local neighborhood and surrounding communities as we invite guests from the region to experience our vibrant public events and activities.
While the COVID-19 pandemic canceled our plans for a formal dedication ceremony in April, construction has resumed and will wrap up early this summer. We look forward to officially welcoming you to the Schellhase Commons later this year.