About Ritchie Hall

Ritchie Hall is the north building of the EEEC

Ritchie Hall


Ritchie Hall features include:

  • Digital Rock Physics and Petrophysics Lab
  • Microscopy Lab
    • Improved training on state-of-the-art imaging techniques
    • CITL cathodoluminescence
    • Stereo microscopes
    • UV and petrographic microscope
  • Department of Geology Office suite
    • Offices for Department Staff
    • Collaboration area
    • Chairperson’s office
    • Seminar rooms
  • Engaged Learning Auditorium - 162 seat auditorium; envisioned as shared space with priority for energy and environment-related classes in geology and PE
  • Edu-lobby telling the story of energy and environment
  • Two Engaged Learning Classrooms – 63 seat classrooms with technology for engaged learning
  • Collaboration Spaces
  • Student and Faculty Offices

About the Ritchies

Ritchie Hall - A gift from Scott and Carol Ritchie and their family - 2017

A. Scott Ritchie, a Wichita native, graduated from KU in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He is chairman of Ritchie Exploration, Inc., a Wichita-based oil and gas exploration company, as well as chairman of Hallrich Inc. and president of Highland Ranch Co. in the Flint Hills. Carol Swanson Ritchie grew up in Clarinda, Iowa, and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from KU in 1954. The couple married three weeks after their KU graduation and have three children, Scott III, Thomas and Ann, all of whom attended KU. The Ritchies are devoted supporters of KU’s faculty and students. Scott received the Haworth Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize his outstanding career. Carol received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for her service as member and board chair of the Alumni Association. Scott also received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, and the Department of Geology gave him its Legacy Award for exceptional dedication and generosity.