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.
With the original wood floor, stage and balcony now entirely removed, foundation work continues in the central section that once used as an auditorium, later a library, a theatre, and finally offices; in the background, new steel floor panels are visible in one of the wings.
As we start to experience warmer April days, here’s a hopeful shot of two classmates walking on the south side of Alumni Hall near the Lombard bell during good weather. This shot is dated around 1960, which is easy to see given the outfits and hair worn by these students.
If this view seems strange, it’s because the original floor has been removed and we’re standing in what used to be the basement, looking up at the front door.
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.”
The basement of Alumni Hall held auxiliary offices since 1950, but it was in 1977 that the Offices of Alumni Affairs, Development and Public Affairs were housed permanently in the basement. This is an example of what those offices looked like. Astute viewers will notice in the left side of this image that the brick structure is the old fireplace from when the space served as The Hearth. The transformed Alumni Hall will be home to many administrative offices once construction is completed.
With the original floor removed, we can look all the way from the basement to the rafters in the central section of Alumni Hall. This view shows the curved south wall of what used to be an auditorium and theatre. On the other side of the wall is Seymour Union.
Starting in 1949, the Knox College Bookstore called the basement of Alumni Hall home. It was housed in the lowest level of the east wing next to the Hearth, later called the Gizmo, until the mid-1960′s. This shop for students was one of the many uses of the versatile basement space through the years.
Look familiar? As if you haven’t seen enough snow yet this winter, here’s a shot of the main entrance of the North side of Alumni Hall during a past snowy winter.