Release Date: 
Monday, January 13, 2020

The Quiet Reflection Room gets an upgrade for Winter 2020 semester

The Quiet Reflection Room in the Eshleman Library has recently been remodeled. Upgrades include new carpeting, a privacy screen, shoe carrel, and two boxes to hold personal items.
The Quiet Reflection Room in the Eshleman Library has recently been remodeled. Upgrades include new carpeting, a privacy screen, shoe carrel, and two boxes to hold personal items.

The Quiet Reflection Room in the Eshleman Library on the main campus – a place for HFC students and employees alike to reflect, meditate, and pray – has been upgraded as the Winter 2020 semester begins.

The following upgrades were made:

• New carpeting was installed.
• To maintain a clean appearance, there is now a shoe carrel outside the door for participants to place their shoes while using the Quiet Reflection Room.
• There are now two small boxes to hold personal items inside the room. Personal items should not be left in the room, as these may be stolen or removed by other users. Students should be aware that HFC is not responsible for lost items.
• There is a trash can next to the shoe carrel, so students don’t have to carry their trash into the Quiet Reflection Room.
• There is a screen available to provide privacy.

The rules for the Quiet Reflection Room (posted on the door):

• Remember: The room is available to everyone. Please show everyone kindness and respect.
• This room is a shared space, and may not be available when in use by others.
• Do not post items on the walls.
• Do not leave rugs or other items on the floor.
• Sleeping, social time, and social gatherings are not permitted.
• Cell phone use and playing audible music are not permissible. Free earbuds are available from the Circulation Desk.
• Food is not allowed. Water in a self-contained bottle with a tight-fitting lid is permitted.
• Do not leave personal items in the room.
• Do not leave items in the hallway.
• If there are any issues regarding room use, please contact Campus Safety at 313-845-9630.

The Quiet Reflection Room is available to anyone who wishes to reflect quietly. Quiet reflection can be achieved through meditation, prayer, or any other form of individual, non-disruptive reflection. However, sleeping is not permitted in the room. (Nap pods are available in the library for students who wish to nap).

Dr. Daniel Herbst, Vice President for Student affairs, funded and championed the upgrades to the room. He sees it as an asset for the campus community, and particularly for students. “I have spent time meditating in the Quiet Reflection Room,” said Herbst. “It is a wonderful quiet space for anyone to reflect.”