One of the most memorable uses of the basement of Alumni Hall was as the student snack bar. Originally called The Hearth, one of its namesake fireplaces is pictured at the rear of this photo. Students, like this group from the mid 1950’s, would gather to study and enjoy snacks in the basement around the hearth. At the time of our tour for students, the pictured hearth was still standing in the basement space of Alumni Hall.
The staff of the Bastian Family Career Center are anxiously awaiting their move to Alumni Hall. Currently located on the edge of campus in Borzello Hall, their new home will integrate the Bastian Center into the hub of campus life.
“[The move] will open more avenues of communication,” says Director Terrie Saline, “which will allow us to collaborate with other departments and offices on campus.”
The staff is excited that Alumni Hall will be the first stop for prospective students and returning alumni, and are looking forward to the walk-in traffic that will soon fill their office. “The central location on campus will increase use of our services by students,” says Saline. “We are really looking forward to the transformation of Alumni Hall.”
Lance Factor, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, discusses the significance of literary societies in the building of Alumni Hall.
In the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, Interim Director Mariangela Maguire is eager for the move to Alumni Hall. “I look forward to working more closely with the Bastian Center, the Stellyes Center, and the Kleine Center,” she says. “All four programs support Knox students in their efforts to challenge themselves intellectually by taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it through international experiences, internships, community service, and research.”
Though the staff of the Vovis Center enjoys their central location in Old Main, they look forward to the opportunity for even more crossing of paths and sharing of ideas. “Our work overlaps in important ways and the close proximity of our program offices in the new space will allow us to capitalize on those areas of overlap.”
The relocation also means much more space for the Vovis Center, which they plan to use for the Horizons showcase of student work, to host Knox Ford Fellowship Program seminars, and scholarship and fellowship application workshops.
“A new space means opportunities we haven’t even thought of yet,” says Maguire. “We look forward to working with Knox students and the other occupants of the building to be creative and thoughtful in making the most of the renovated Alumni Hall.”