Breuninger Hall

First opened in fall 2013, Breuninger Hall is the newest residence hall on Taylor's campus. Designed for 150 students, Breuninger is connected to Gerig Hall and, like its neighbor, is a co-ed hall.

Breuninger Hall

Namesake: Ruth Ann Breuninger

Dr. Ruth Ann BreuningerDr. Ruth Ann Breuninger served Taylor as an associate professor of religion and physical education from 1964-1975. She is remembered best for founding Lighthouse in 1971. Through Lighthouse, students study and serve cross-culturally around the world each January. The university-wide program has seen over 2,200 students participate in 150 mission trips in 29 different countries. These trips expand service learning into service leadership and cultivate the desire to understand and empathize with others what is so close to the heart of servant leadership.

Called “Miss B” and later “Dr. B” by her students, Breuninger was a quirky, fun-loving professor who sometimes raised eyebrows with her unique personality, but saw students as her ministry and always put them first. She mentored hundreds one-on-one, maintained relationships, and correspondence with many until her passing, and served well as a resource for developing servant leaders’ efficiency in their Kingdom work. 

Meet the
Hall Director

Meet the Hall Director of
Breuninger & Gerig Halls

Abi Noble

Life is full of surprises. For me, that includes the unanticipated blessing of returning to my alma mater and my residence hall of 3 years to serve in a position I love. After spending our post-college years in the Boston area for graduate school and work, my husband, John, and I didn’t expect to return to Indiana. We are excited to serve at Taylor and live with the most amazing bunch of students on the planet.

I started my career in Student Development in graduate school, when I took a part-time RD position at Gordon College. I absolutely loved living with my students. That position morphed into a full-time, long-term job when we stayed in Massachusetts for further school opportunities for John. We had all three of our sweet children while living at Gordon, and they have spent almost their entire lives in residence hall contexts. They’re quite the social bunch and are enthusiastic about campus and hall events, as well as time with students. Grace, age 9, is an avid reader and conversationalist. Henry and Eliot, 6 and 3, are into Legos, weaponry and all manner of adventures.

We have a fantastic opportunity living in community at Taylor in Gerig and Breuninger. There will be many surprises along the way—connecting with someone unexpected, late night trips for coffee and/or doughnuts, intramural sport talents you didn’t know you had, performances in Airband, and conversations over dinner or walking back from class that may impact you forever. And best of all, the God for whom nothing is a surprise, walking alongside and revealing more of his character, goodness and love.

Meet the
Assistant Hall Director

Meet the Assistant Hall Director of
Breuninger & Gerig Halls

Seth Oldham

     Hi, my name is Seth Oldham and it is my privilege to be the Graduate Assistant Hall Director for Gerig Hall and Breuninger Hall. I am a 2013 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I graduated with a degree in American Studies with a minor in Political Science.

     During my time at Baylor, I had the wonderful opportunity to live in Brooks Residential College. Brooks College provided a unique living-learning environment where I was molded and formed each and every day by interactions with my peers and professors. This amazing community challenged me to be a better person, to discover what I believe about the world around me, and to love others where they are.

     Through my experience at Brooks College and at Baylor, I was able to see the impact student affairs professionals can have on the lives of students. College students are emerging adults trying to find their way through the tunnel that brings them out of adolescence and into adulthood. This can be a trying endeavor full of wrong turns, mistakes, tough questions, and hard decisions. It is so rewarding to talk through some of these questions and decisions with students. I find it invigorating to listen to student’s concerns and I greatly enjoy experiencing day-to-day life with students.

     Gerig Hall is rich with tradition. Residents in Gerig experience life together through singing in the stairwell, spending time together in the lobby, eating together in the Dining Commons, and discovering God together through various small groups and worship services. Breuninger Hall is brand new. This beautiful new hall is filled with 150 new residents who are thrilled with the great opportunity to start a new community on the Taylor campus. It is my honor to work along side these wonderful students in both halls to help build two great, authentic Christian communities.