President's Newsletter July 2015


While there are no large-scale construction projects this summer, important Stage II work has begun for teaching and learning improvements. Besides new and renovated classrooms created in Francis Hall, wireless computer access is being expanded and upgraded in Francis Hall, the O’Pake Science Center, Bernardine Hall and the Upland Center.

It may not be “large scale,” but the completion of the arrival area around Francis Hall and Founders Village and the rebuilding of Adams Street are welcome (and overdue!) improvements. As has been previously reported, the former president’s house and garage complex will be razed to provide for an expanded greenway, improved handicapped parking access for Francis Hall, and even 14 new parking spots. Maintenance and mailroom operations previously housed in those buildings are now located at the 951 Morgantown Road building.

Besides new curbing and landscaping, improvements to Adams Street will make it more accommodating to both vehicles (no more pot holes!) and pedestrian traffic (new sidewalks!!).

Our first interfaith reflection space is planned for a portion of the library’s Bonaventure Room. Sharon Neal is working with Kelly Caddy and Sister Roberta to develop a location that will become an ideal spot for prayer and quiet contemplation for all. Our 2014-2015 Fromm Award winner, Kevin Shainline '15, under the mentorship of Jay Worrall, is to be congratulated and thanked for his proposal to move this important initiative forward and to conclusion.

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president's newsletter july 2015

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