Bergwall Hall, one of the largest co-ed halls on-campus, is home to nearly 200 men and women on separate floors and includes a newly renovated main lobby with a kitchen. With a major renovation in the summer of 2017, each floor now features community bathrooms and floor lobbies for studying and hanging out (and even the occasional ping pong game). Bergwall rooms are the largest on campus and house three students per room. Other features of Bergwall include air conditioning, an elevator, and a direct skywalk to Hodson Dining Commons. Bergwall is also across the street from the Kesler Student Activity Center and Odle Arena.
Bergwall students enjoy this casual, yet engaged, community. Hall traditions include ChilltoBERGfest (a student-led coffee house performance), Battle of Bergwall (Olympic style games from cake decorating to video games to basketball), Evan Bergwall’s Spectacular Showdown (a student variety show), and Bergwall-a-day (a picnic celebrating the Bergwall community).
Namesake: Evan Bergwall, Sr.
As Taylor University’s youngest president (1951-1959), Dr. Evan Bergwall, Sr. ’39 humbly led the University through one of the most difficult times in its history. Just twelve years after graduating from Taylor, Bergwall was asked by fellow board members to lead a university struggling with faculty discord, administrative issues and financial hardship.
He was hesitant, but acting from a desire to serve and strengthen Taylor and out of devotion to his alma mater, he accepted the role. The reluctant leader’s obedience to the call to servant leadership led to returned stability, reduced debt and restored relationships.
Bergwall was a highly respected and brilliant intellectual, having graduated first in his class at both Taylor and Yale. He also studied at Oxford University, Emory University, and New York University. After leaving the Taylor presidency, Bergwall continued to serve in leadership roles: he was a Methodist circuit preacher, district superintendent and hospital chaplain; he founded an Indiana children’s home and served in the mission field in Haiti and Zaire, Africa.