Focused on Excellence in Optometric Education and Vision Research

Beautiful New Space - Hamilton Hall

A Vision for the Future of Learning
Students listening in Rm 80 Hamilton Hall
Don Mutti, OD, PhD, lectures in Hamilton Hall, Room 80.

Our new classrooms and teaching labs are a reality! In the space formerly occupied by the Fry “bridge” and the A wing of Starling Loving Hall, a new four-story building arose like a phoenix from the ashes. We have two beautiful, 80-seat, tiered classrooms with awesome technology and better acoustics. Nearby is a brand new anatomy lab, and new laboratory spaces for teaching optics and visual perception are one floor up.

As you can imagine, I now see optometry students heading to and from class from the basement and first floor of the Fry Tower, and the relaxation/huddle spaces outside the classrooms and labs are occupied by our students, too.

I’ve enjoyed being in the classrooms because there is a good view of the monitors no matter where you sit. It is also spacious and comfortable, which is important, given how much time we spend there.
Lexie Robinson (’26)

Coming soon? Hamilton Hall along the west side of Neil Avenue between 10th and 11th Avenues is being remodeled to create student life and study space that will be used primarily by optometry and medical students.

As a third-year student, we only spend one day a week in-person, so it is important to get the most out of our time in the classroom. The new classroom space is more conducive for learning, and I feel more productive in this space.”
Tyson Montgomery (’25)

Take a moment, and visualize the teaching spaces you learned from in Fry and Starling Loving Halls. Think of your fondest memory there—of a classmate or a teacher (or an insect!)—and now envision new space, painstakingly designed by us, customized to the education of the next generation of optometrists. We welcome you back anytime for an enthusiastic tour!

The new classrooms allow me to better see all of the students, which helps me learn their names and interact with them more individually.
Heather Chandler, PhD