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In 1972, then-Dean of Students K.C. Potter, the Office of Housing and Residential Education, and the Department of Philosophy undertook the creation of a unique living and learning environment in McGill Hall. The McGill Project, the first living learning community on campus, offered students the chance to learn from and interact with faculty and staff members outside the classroom in an open and inviting environment.

Interestingly enough, current Dean of Students Mark Bandas served as the first McGill Project Coordinator in the mid-1970s. In 1987, the Department of Art joined the endeavor and as a result, the McGill Project became a living learning community geared toward students with interests in philosophy and arts.

The active involvement of the Departments of Philosophy and Art, the special arrangements by the Office of Housing and Residential Education, and the commitment of McGill residents to their community have all contributed to a long history of diverse social and educational activities.