Payne Hall

Payne HallPayne-01_0.jpgResidents of Payne Hall continue their learning outside of the classroom.  Payne Hall provides residents with an academically focused atmosphere in all of its houses.  Also included in Payne Hall is an academic house where residents are expected to maintain at least a 2.75 GPA throughout the academic year.  Payne Hall provides a safe, friendly environment that promotes education, fellowship, and community.  Volunteering in the Marquette community is a focus for Payne Hall residents and is apparent in their dedication to the Superior Edge Program at NMU.  Payne Hall is made up of two all male houses, one all female house, and four co-ed houses. Payne Hall is building 68 on the campus map.

Note:  Due to the type of furniture in the Payne Hall rooms, lofts are not permitted.  Loft kits manufactured to fit the beds in Payne Hall are available for rent.

Payne Hall Government

Vision Statement: Where differences unite us.
Mission Statement: A warm, active environement where respect for one another and a determination to uphold academic excellence fuel the atmostphere. Through our involvement on campus and in Marquette, we unite students of diverse backgrounds who come together to build an unparalleled community.

Payne Hall Staff

Resident Director – Elizabeth Sommer

ESommer15_tlarge.jpgElizabeth joined the NMU team after graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. While there, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in History and served as a community adviser for a year and an assistant to the hall director for two years. She also has experience with summer conferences.



Office Hours
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Payne/Halverson Front Desk: 227-2477

Building and Grounds Attendant - Neal Collick

Resident Adviser Staff

First Floor      
Lucas Dushack Springfield 3735
Regina Armock Playground 3762
Second Floor      
Ami Smith-Mohammed Smokehouse 3787
Cole Brooks Ice House 3816
Third Floor      
Connor Raak Breakwater 3841
Christina Bouwhuis Tarawa 3870


2015-2016 Payne Hall Staff


Payne Hall Traditions


Payne Hall was opened in 1965 and is named after Lucille Payne, who taught English and speech at the J.D. Pierce School and later was an instructor in NMU’s English department.


  • Payne Hall is a strong supporter of Relay for Life.

Interesting Facts:

  • Payne Hall has two all-male houses - Springfield and Ice House, as well as one all-female house, Playground.
  • Payne Hall is the only all-academic hall on campus, and has early quiet hours to help maintain an academic focus.
  • In 1971 Payne Hall was the first to go co-ed on campus.