Hotchkiss Hall was the first dorm constructed when the University moved to its current location in the 1960’s. It was dedicated on April 30, 1965 to Dr. Herbert Hotchkiss stating: “No man ever deserved to be memorialized in connection with an educational institution more than Herbert Hotchkiss.” The dorm was totally renovated including new furnishings, fixtures and carpet in 2009.
Herbert Hotchkiss came to Los Angeles Baptist Seminary in fall of 1947 from Pennsylvania at the invitation of Dr. Milton Fish, the new Dean of the Seminary. The school had just started to broaden its courses into liberal arts degree work, but it was a time of great financial challenge for the school and the Board of Directors considered merging the school with another seminary or even closing the school over the summer of 1947. But partially because of a letter from Hotchkiss, the board reconsidered and decided to move forward with another school year. Hotchkiss was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at commencement ceremonies in 1952. Dr. Hotchkiss’ wife, Majorie, also served the university coordinating volunteer efforts to renovate the new property in Placerita Canyon, and would later serve as “Dean of Women”. Dr. Dunkin would refer to her as the “mother” of the school. Dr. Herbert Hotchkiss was the father of current TMU English Professor John Hotchkiss.
What is Hotchkiss Hall like?
Hotchkiss Dorm is a two story building in the shape of a “H”. Between the two sides of rooms are a central lounge on the first story and two apartments for the Resident Directors on the second story.
There are eight wings, four men’s and four women’s, with a large central shower and restroom area and laundry facilities and 12 rooms on each wing. Each room is fully furnished for two students including beds, built-in shelving, drawers, and closet space and desks. And each room has an individual heater/air-conditioner unit. The wings are normally referred to as “Upper-Back”, “Lower-Back”, “Upper-Front” and Lower-Front” referencing their location from the central entrance in the lounge.
Andrew CopleyMen's Resident Director
Andrew is from Spokane, Washington. He and his wife, Carly, moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to be trained for ministry at the Master’s Seminary. Andrew and Carly have a passion for missions, teaching, and discipleship. In the future, they would like to minister to unreached people groups. Andrew graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2014 with a BA in Spanish Literature and in 2016 with an MA in English. Carly is currently working on a BA in Biblical Counseling. Andrew is looking forward to ministry at TMU, and has already loved getting to know his students in Hotchkiss Hall.
A Favorite Scripture Passage: Romans 8:29
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Some Favorite Things:
Andres loves spending time with his wife! They enjoy going on hikes, reading the classics, and finding new coffee shops. Andrew enjoys biking, unicycling, sports, anything outside, and anything with people.
Jessica RosenbaumWomen's Resident Director
B.A., Biblical Studies The Master’s University Joined TMU in 2016
Jessica moved to California in 2014 to attend TMU and earned a BA in Biblical Counseling in May of 2016. She moved from Cleveland, OH where she was (and still is) a proud Clevelander and dedicated sports fan. She lived in Hotchkiss as a student and is blessed and humbled to be back as its Resident Director. She has a passion for God’s Word and a desire to help other’s apply it to their lives, especially those who are going through trials. She has seen the Lord’s faithfulness in her life time and time again, most prominently in allowing her to be a student, and now an employee of TMU. Her life was significantly shaped by the older woman in her life when she was 18, and she’s beyond excited to minister to the women in Hotchkiss.
A Favorite Scripture Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:18
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Some Favorite Activities:
Jessica loves spending time with friends, reading, coffee, playing softball or basketball, and watching Netflix (unashamedly).