Carlson: When we first saw the design, we saw these huge windows and these light fissures and he actually showed light rays eminating from the building and a number of people on the committee said it fits with our song, A Beacon Bright and Clear.Margaret Carlson, executive director of the Alumni Association. The $45 million facility was paid for with private funds. The building is named for a major donor, alumni businessman Richard McNamara. It's a building which is evoking a mixed response from passersby.
Predock: I personally think the soul is enriched in encountering spaces that are an alternative to spaces that we generally grow up with and live with 99 percent of our lives.It's also designed to impress prospective students and faculty, while convincing lawmakers and alums to give money. University fundraiser Judy Kirk says the new facility will make her job easier.
Kirk: There is no doubt about it. It will be a wonderful boom for the campaign. I'm convinced of it.There is a permanent exhibition on the main floor, which Margaret Carlson says highlights accomplishments of people connected with the university and offers a trip down memory lane.
Carlson: As you move through into the heritage gallery, you are going to hear Jules Pearl reminding people that there's no drinking in Memorial Stadium.The 55-foot-high brick archway, rescued from Memorial Stadium, graces one of the new building's angled walls. Some $200,000 in donations from the Class of '42 helped save the arch, which honors World War One vets. It's a counterpoint to the futuristic space, and according to Judy Kirk, a meaningful icon for alums.
Kirk: And that's what this building does for those people. It's bringing them back and reconnecting them.The public is invited to reconnect with the past and view the future at the new Alumni Center on Sunday from 9 to 4.