Centre News

New facilities take spotlight at Homecoming

October 27, 2011 By Elizabeth Trollinger
Bob Brockman, chairman of Centre's Board of Trustees, spoke
at the dedication of Young Hall on Oct. 21.

Student Government Association President Brian Klosterboer ’12
gave remarks at the groundbreaking for the A. Eugene
Brockman Residential Commons on Oct. 22.

Centre’s Homecoming was more than a gathering of students and alumni this year: it was also a time to recognize the building projects that have been both initiated and completed in the past year.

The addition to Young Hall was dedicated on Friday Oct. 21, featuring remarks from Chairman of the Board Bob Brockman ’63, Dean Stephanie Fabritius, Professor of Biology Stephanie Dew and Annie Roessler ’13. After the dedication and ceremonial ribbon-cutting, building architects Hastings & Chivetta sponsored a drawing for two students to win iPads.

Construction on Young Hall was completed in the fall of 2010. The renovation and expansion of the building included 40,000 additional square feet of classrooms, teaching labs, research facilities, study spaces and more. Young houses the behavioral neuroscience, psychobiology, biology and biochemistry and molecular biology programs, as well as the synthetic (organic and inorganic) chemists.

The A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons groundbreaking took place on Saturday Oct. 22 and drew a large crowd. Trustee Bobby Elliot ’71, Student Government Association President Brian Klosterboer ’12 and Resident Assistant Kate Wintuska ’13 spoke at the event. The Commons, made possible by a $15-million gift from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, will house 125 upperclassmen in apartments and townhouses, and is on schedule for completion by August 2012.

Elliot remarked on the extreme generosity of the Brockman family in regards to recent building projects at Centre.

“When one walks diagonally across our campus and into Pearl Hall, and eventually will be able to walk into the Brockman Residential Commons, it becomes readily apparent that Bob Brockman and his family have significantly assisted in Centre being able to create a living environment that enhances a learning opportunity,” Elliot said.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the Student Life Office drew the names of three students who will be guaranteed a room in the Brockman Commons when it opens next year.

Joe McDaniel Field was also dedicated on Oct. 22 before the Centre football team took on (and beat) Sewanee. McDaniel served as Centre’s head football coach for 18 seasons, from 1980 to 1997, and was a three-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. The Centre football team has won more games under McDaniel than any other coach.

McDaniel and his family took to the field during the ceremony, and McDaniel was presented with a plaque and an honorary game ball. A new sign under the scoreboard with the name Joe McDaniel Field was unveiled during the ceremony, and the archway over the entrance to the football field now also has new brass lettering featuring McDaniel’s name.

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