By Drew Brown, Editor
STEP INSIDE: The Philip Nordquist Lecture Hall in the
renovated Xavier Hall
PHOTO BY JORDAN HARTMAN
Homecoming 2001 will be highlighted by
the rededication of Xavier Hall, a celebration
that concludes a $5 million effort
that began in September 2000. The renovation is
the first of three capital projects to be completed as
part of The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University:
The Next Bold Step. Future projects include the renovation
of Eastvold Auditorium and the new Center
for Learning and Technology.
The plan wasn’t merely to remodel Xavier—the
main objective was to give Social Science faculty
and students improved facilities and the very latest
in supportive technologies. The belief was a contemporary
teaching-learning space would optimize
collaborative learning. You would be hard-pressed
to find anyone more excited about this goal than
David Huelsbeck, dean of social sciences.
“We can’t wait to move back in,” Huelsbeck
said. “It will make both teaching and learning a lot
easier.” Huelsbeck is most excited about the new
archeology and anthropology lab.
“We now have more than just space,”
Huelsbeck said. We have place to work with archeological
samples, a place for the collection of field
notes, a place to store and display materials and a
separate area to keep our tools.”
Along with the new lab, Xavier now has seminar
rooms for small classes, a room for larger
classes and conferences, renovated bay windows,
new collaborative learning spaces, two “smart”
classrooms that allow for computer interaction and
satellite downlinks, a map room, three faculty office
wings and 38 refurbished faculty offices.
Formerly the university library, Xavier Hall was
built in 1937.
With the Xavier Hall project complete, PLU
looks to celebrate this accomplishment and honor
the generous support of donors that made the revitalization
possible. The Homecoming weekend
celebration will begin in Xavier Hall at 2 p.m., Friday,
Oct. 12, with the annual Heritage Lecture. This
year’s lecture will be given by PLU professor and
university historian, Philip Nordquist ’56. After a
lead gift and challenge by Bob Gomulkiewicz ’83,
friends and family of Nordquist raised money to
renovate the old “reading room” of the original
library building and dedicate it in honor of his
many years of service. The lecture will take place in
the Philip A. Nordquist Lecture Hall.
The dedication of Xavier Hall will begin in
worship at University Congregation, 11 a.m. Sunday,
October 14 in Lagerquist Hall of the Mary
Baker Russell Music Center. The service will proceed
outside of Xavier Hall.
There will a picnic luncheon (reservations can
be made through the alumni office) and tours
throughout the building. The classrooms will be
active for the tours, meaning representatives will be
in each room demonstrating the equipment.
“Inside and out, the building is better,”
Huelsbeck said. “Everyone’s getting out of the
renovated Xavier Hall the best of the old, and the
best of the new.”
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