MANSFIELD -With the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon, the new Alumni House at Mansfield University was dedicated in early June.
The new facility on Sherwood Street replaces the original Alumni House, which was one of the buildings demolished to make way for phase two of the new student housing project.
"This is a home away from home for our alumni guests," Denise Berg, director of Alumni Relations, told the alumni, guests and staff assembled for the ceremony and open house. "I hope you will find it a comfortable retreat, where you can stay when you are here to visit and serve your alma mater."
Berg credited Amy Dupree Brooks '80, immediate past president of the MU Alumni Association, for providing the leadership and vision for the project. She also thanked Allen Golden, former interim president, the alumni who made donations for furnishings and Scott Williams, associate vice president for finance and administration, and the Mansfield Facilities Department for completing the renovations.
"Here we are, to celebrate the dedication and commitment to this project exhibited by the university and its entire staff, all in recognition of the continued support of the Mansfield University alumni," Dupree Brooks said. "This is an example of people working together to achieve a goal."
"We are dedicating this to you, our alums, so that you have a place to come home," said Fran Hendricks, MU president and 1979 Mansfield graduate. "This is your house."
Alumni House will provide a place for alumni to gather for meetings and social events, and also provide overnight accommodations, when they return to their alma mater. The building was formerly a home used by exchange faculty and students.