Michael J. Conaton Learning Commons
The Michael J. Conaton Learning Commons is at the heart of the James E. Hoff, S.J., Academic Quad. The Commons provides students with the facilities, technologies and services to help them master essential skills and gain a competitive advantage in their respective disciplines and careers. As a result, Xavier graduates are better prepared to enjoy successful lives and careers that are the graduates of other institutions.
The Conaton Learning Commons:
- Equips students with all the latest academic and technological tools and resources.
- Houses centers for academic advising and career services and labs for math, writing and modern languages.
- Includes a digital media lab, classrooms, an auditorium and centralized location for reference and technology assistance.
- Features 84,000 square feet and five floors.
- Provides ample space for individual study and group work in a wireless setting punctuated by access to plasma screens, movable white boards, and a café.
- Is named in honor of Michael J. Conaton, a 1955 graduate and longtime trustee and benefactor.
Grand Opening of Hoff Quad
Michael J. Conaton
The Learning Commons is named for Michael J. Conaton, a 1955 graduate, former acting University president, chairman of the board of trustees from 1985-2004 and current board member. The naming is at the request of 1960 graduate Charles P. Gallagher, whose generous gift is helping build the facility. “I was honored to be given the naming rights, and it was a simple decision,” Gallagher says. “Mike Conaton and Father Hoff had a vision that we are seeing come true today.”