GSP (Gertrude Sellards Pearson)
Address: 500 West 11th Street, Lawrence Kansas 66045
Phone: (country code +1)785-864-4884
Gertrude Sellards Pearson residence hall re-opened in 2012 after a complete building renovation. The interior features an art gallery installation of the physiographic regions of Kansas. The hall also features double rooms, single rooms and four-person suites. There are three levels of privacy for bath: private en suite, single bath and two community baths on each wing. This hall is host to North College Cafe, with seating area open 24/7 for studying. GSP remains a co-ed residence hall, as it has since 2012.
Studying in the main lobby at GSP
Each floor lobby features a different Kansas physiographic region
GSP features its own classroom with smart technology
Students entering GSP after getting off the KU On Wheels bus
Homework in the GSP classroom
GSP features a gallery of European oils. Gertrude Sellards Pearson is shown above the fireplace.
North College Cafe food court
North College Cafe
Contributing to Academics
- Wireless Internet access
- Classroom in hall features Smart Board technology; hosts math and writing center tutoring and PRE class
- Print your class assignments at the "print anywhere" stations in your hall
- Study space on each floor
- Lofted bed
- Extra-long twin mattress
- Desk chair
- Closet area
- Trash can
- Venetian blinds
- Five minute walk from KU Memorial Union
- Double rooms, single rooms, and four-person rooms (view hall layout)
- 380 coed residents
- Three levels of privacy for bath: two private ensuites; each wing also contains single bath and two community baths
- Living rooms on each floor
- Residential dining on lower level, open for studying 24/7
- Free laundry
- Opened in 1955, renovated 2012
Have Fun Here
- Large living room with a TV and pool table on the main floor
- Areas to hang out on each floor
- Student-generated art and design project in dining area
An art gallery exists in Gertrude Sellards Pearson Residence Hall, one of 10 residence halls at the University of Kansas. The main lobby features a stylized mural of the 11 physiographic regions in Kansas (see below); and each lobby focuses on one area of the state.Click on an area of the photo to learn more.
The panels were manufactured off site at Farm Fresh Graphics, located in Baldwin, Kansas.
One example of the installed panel.
Interior decorations were carefully chosen to extend the theme. In the main lobby, the carpet is reminiscent of tallgrass prairie, pillars are limestone covered, and colors mimic the Kansas prairie in the fall.
Transformative Learning in KU Student Housing’s Residence Hall
Residence hall gallery displays, which are featured throughout Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall, facilitate learning by serving as an educational resource to engage students outside the classroom.
The mural in the main lobby features the diverse physiographic regions of Kansas. In addition, each floor lobby highlights a theme from the mural. Situational learning experiences make use of intentional social interactions, and supplement and generate learning. These "beyond the classroom" settings stimulate learning in different life spaces.
Kansas geologic and natural history is fascinating in its scope and diversity, and students will learn while passing by, socializing, studying, dining, attending meetings, participating in programs, and simply living in our facilities.
Kansas’ rich landscapes are shaped by ancient oceans and reshaped by human pursuits such as farming and mining. Geologists divide Kansas into 11 regions based on common features. These regions, or physiographic provinces, tell a unique story. Each floor lounge in GSP Residence Hall highlights one region. Thanks to KU’s Kansas Geological Survey and Kansas Biological Survey for contribution to exploring and explaining these regions to our residents.
The mural in the main lobby was created by KU students Emily Austin and Halie Hershorn, who graduated in 2013. GSP also features photographs of iconic Kansas images, including Kansas landscapes in the fall, spring, summer and winter. The images are from photographer James Nedresky’s series “Springtime in the Kansas Flint Hills.” Other Kansas images in this gallery include sunflowers and a one-room school with photography by George Jerkovich.