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," the hall houses 300 men and features a basement rec room, air conditioning and centrally located lounges on each floor. With long-standing traditions 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 led many to Christ and inspired others to serve as missionaries to Africa.

Meet the
Hall Director

Read about Tyler Witzig

Meet the Hall Director of
Morris Hall

Tyler Witzig

My family has a motto: “Witzigs never give up.”  It’s been part of the legacy of the Witzig family for generations. To us, this motto means that we remain steadfast to our faith and our family through thick and thin.  The legacy of my family has greatly shaped my life and my character in profound ways. It’s also serendipitous that Witzig means “funny or witty” in German, and I too love a good joke.

I am honored to step in to another family also with a great heritage: Samuel Morris. The legacy of Samuel Morris Hall is famous for its tight-knit community, lively traditions and loyal fellowship. This hall is most famous for its namesake, Samuel Morris—a man who saw Jesus as the pearl of great price and went to great lengths to know and serve Him.

As a Hall Director, I am passionate about leading the men of Morris to a deeper love of Christ and a commitment to selfless service, carrying on the legacy established for us by Samuel Morris himself. The residence hall provides such a great opportunity to live out our faith alongside one another as we encounter the joys and challenges that life brings. I first got a taste of residence life at Wheaton College, where I earned my undergraduate and master’s degrees. I am also particularly indebted to residence life, because that is how I met my wife, JoAnna!

We value the unique opportunity we have to live alongside students in such a formative chapter of life. We are excited to join the Sammy Morris family. Here’s to a great year!

Meet the
Assistant Hall Director

Read about Josh Craton

Meet the Assistant Hall Director of
Morris Hall

Josh Craton

As an Upland native, I’ve come to appreciate many qualities about this town. Even though there are probably more cornfields than houses, its hub of culture is an ice cream shop, and its nightlife starts and ends with a walk to a gas station for a Polar Pop, Upland will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s been the home of my two families—the Craton family and my Taylor family. 

I graduated from Taylor in 2013 with a degree in Music Education. After working for a year after college, I’m back to get a Masters in Higher Education and Student Development. My four years living in the residence hall transformed my wing-mates not just into friends, but into brothers. My experience of Taylor’s community as a student makes me excited to watch the men of Samuel Morris develop lifelong bonds that encourage, sharpen and challenge them.

I love the outdoors, and I’m especially passionate about traveling and seeing God’s creation around the world. Throughout my time as an undergraduate at Taylor, I traveled to Ecuador, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. These adventures made me realize the importance of learning from those that are different from you and how necessary it is to chase after new experiences.

Every man living in Morris Hall is different, and we all offer different perspectives and experiences. My goal for Morris Hall is that it will become a home for the men living here and a place where we can learn from each other. I want us to strive for depth in our relationships and to become future leaders in our communities.