Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center
Students in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School live in the Kauffman Center, in the heart of UNL's city campus, across from Broyhill Fountain and the Nebraska Union. Through a gift from Carole and Ed McVaney in honor of her mother Esther Kauffman, this beautiful new building lets students live and learn in an environment that supports their vibrant academic community.
The Great Hall, meeting rooms and study rooms let students settle in for spur-of-the-moment study sessions, have workshops and presentations, find a quiet place to sit with a laptop and answer email or finish a report, or watch a movie, have a gaming tournament or a late night snack feast. Most Raikes School classes are in Kauffman, but others are outside, across campus, giving a mix of convenience (run downstairs to a 7 a.m. meeting in sweats) and expansiveness (meet classmates at Hawks Hall for business class, play Frisbee in the green space, or head off to the Rec Center for pick-up basketball).
Living / Learning Environment
The Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center is the living and learning environment of the Raikes School. The Kauffman Center, which opened in 2001, is designed to enhance the team approach to problem solving by bringing frequent interaction and collaboration among the school's students, faculty, and industry leaders.
Classrooms and meeting spaces in the Kauffman Center feature the latest technology for presentations and video conferencing with ample whiteboard space for sketching out ideas. A wireless network is active throughout. The Kauffman Center also features a Great Hall designed to host speakers, all school meetings, and other special events.
The Kauffman Center's living quarters include housing for undergraduate students in the Raikes School and an apartment for visiting faculty, guest lecturers, and families visiting Raikes School students.
Residence suites provides students with:
- Bathrooms in each room
- Piano access on the first floor
- Game room, lounges, and vending machines
- Laundry and kitchen facilitites
Learning environment features include:
- Presentation rooms with latest technology
- Student huddle areas
- Study lounges
- Classrooms for core Raikes School courses
- Breakout rooms
- Great Hall for school events
- Design Studio team rooms
- Faculty offices - students take classes and meet with professors in the same building they live in
Residence Floor Plans
The Kauffman Center's living quarters include housing for undergraduate students in the Raikes School. Check out a virtual tour of the Kauffman Center at raik.es/tour.