Palmer/Davidson, located within nine-story Studebaker West, is one of the recently renovated buildings on campus. This residence hall, which houses 450 students, offers several amenities including a fitness gym, a large computer lab/technology center, advanced laundry facilities that use card readers and Wash Alert, and air conditioning throughout the building. Palmer/Davidson also is home to the SURF Living-Learning Community. SURF stands for Students Uniting to Remain Free.
Palmer/Davidson features rectangular double rooms for students. Furniture is stackable with desks, chairs, beds, dressers, and wardrobes for each resident. Watch our video with tips on arranging the furniture. Along with a phone jack, one wired Ethernet outlet is available in student rooms, and wireless Internet service is available throughout the building.
The Micro Café dining unit is located in this building. You can also eat at Noyer Centre across the street, or visit nearby Woodworth Commons food court.
Studebaker hosts a variety of events for students, including an annual tournament called Human Foosball and Stu-Stock, an end-of-the-year celebration.
Palmer/Davidson was named for two professors who were involved with Ball State during its early history.
Claude Palmer was the head of the music department. In his 20 years at Ball State, he contributed much to both the building of the school’s music program and the development of Muncie’s cultural life.
Ethelyn Davidson was an associate professor of education at Ball State from 1930 to 1959 and became the first Ball State graduate for whom a residence hall was named. She wrote a series of handwriting books for children in grades 1-8 titled I Learn to Write, which were adopted as official textbooks in several states.
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