Morris Hall

Morris Hall has had three iterations throughout the life of the University. The first Morris Hall was built in 1894, one year after the passing of its namesake, and was paid for through profits from the sales of The Spirit-Filled Life, Thaddeus Reade’s biography of Samuel Morris. At that time, the first floor served as a kitchen and dining hall, and men were housed on the second floor. In 1958, the hall was reconstructed as a four-story hall for 176 men. 

Today’s Morris Hall, completed in 1998, is the university’s most modern large-scale residence hall, and its largest in terms of square feet. Commonly known on campus as "Sammy" after its namesake, Sammy houses 300 men, and features a basement rec room, air conditioning, and centrally located lounges on each floor. With long-standing traditions, sometimes-secretive activities, and highly developed floor identities, Sammy’s male communities offer the closest Taylor equivalent to Greek letter housing. 

The two main hall-wide events are Dude Week and Deed Week, which take place in the spring and fall, respectively. Dude Week focuses on masculinity, brotherhood, and humility. Deed Week highlights values such as gratitude, simplicity, and kindness, with emphasis on small service opportunities residents encounter on a daily basis.

Morris Hall

Morris Hall

Namesake: Samuel Morris

Samuel MorrisLate 19th-century Taylor student Samuel "Sammy" Morris is perhaps the greatest single figure in Taylor’s history, taking on a prominence and mythos that surpasses even the University’s namesake, Bishop William Taylor. Known for humbly requesting, “the room nobody else wanted,” Morris embodies the Taylor ideal of servant leadership, and is Taylor’s first and greatest model—Taylor’s “original” servant leader.

Morris was born Prince Kaboo, the eldest son of a Kru tribal chieftain in Liberia. As a child, he was kidnapped and held for ransom by a neighboring tribe. Morris escaped and fled to Monrovia, where he met a missionary graduate of Taylor (then Fort Wayne College), and was led to Christ and baptized. Morris arrived at Taylor in 1891, where he had an enormous impact on the campus and its city before his untimely death in 1893. Referred to as a “Christian mystic and apostle of simple faith,” Morris was an ardent preacher who saved many, and inspired others to serve as missionaries to Africa.

Meet the
Hall Director

Meet the Hall Director of
Morris Hall

Troy Tiberi

Some fun things to know about me: my favorite book is Les Miserables; roasted Garbanzo beans are my favorite snack; I have an idyllic dream of owning a small farm one day, complete with a cow, chickens, and a fence that needs mending on weekends; I enjoy traveling—I’ve been to 49 states. Alaska, here I come!

I graduated from Taylor University in 1999 with a BA in Christian Education. I worked for a while in residence life at Taylor and John Brown University before receiving a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. After graduation, I worked as a therapist for children and adolescents at a community mental health agency in Seattle, WA. I currently reside at Samuel Morris Hall with my wife Ashley, daughter Calais, and son Salem.

A significant component of my role as Hall Director is to walk alongside students through both the celebrations and challenges of creating and maintaining friendships, working out vocational purpose, desire, and calling, and developing a deeper understanding of Christian faith and love. This occurs through hall programs as well as one-on-one conversations.

As a hall director, my workplace and my home are synonymous. This means I get to share my life with students in the hall. Students get to know my family, and my children have the privilege of living in an environment that is full of life. Though I act as a teacher and mentor, I learn a lot from the students as well. They think about faith and life in new ways, and it is a privilege to be both challenged and inspired by them. 

Meet the
Assistant Hall Director

Meet the Assistant Hall Director of
Morris Hall

Bryce Watkins

Several fun things about me: my favorite type of music is Christian rap (Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, I could keep going…); I was blessed to play basketball and volleyball throughout high school and college; I can be sarcastic at times—83% exactly; And my heart is in the roaming hills and trees of the Northeast; I grew up in Connecticut, and I think it has the best fall colors.

I graduated from Messiah College in 2012 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. During my undergraduate time, I had the opportunity to work at Camp Spofford in New Hampshire where I discovered a passion for working with the high school and college summer staff. This interest, confirmed by two years of working in Residence Life at Messiah College, has become my career focus. I am currently a second year graduate student studying Higher Education at Taylor University, and hope to graduate this year.

As an Assistant Hall Director, I spend most of my time interacting and building relationships with the students in Samuel Morris Hall.  Specifically, I help supervise the discipleship program in the hall, as well as supporting the PA (personal assistant) staff as they live their Christian faith on their floors. 

The role calls me to enter into the exciting and monotonous times students experience, all the while empowering them to invest in their relationships with other students and their faith.  A huge blessing comes from the moments of growth when I see a student look at an experience from a different perspective. Another blessing comes when I see a student sets their mind toward taking an attitude of scholarship: looking to learn from all opportunities.