Alumni House Addition Dedicated at Homecoming
By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- A 12,000 square foot extension to the Alumni
House, doubling its size and adding a new sports museum and an
alumni library, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27
as part of Homecoming festivities.
The three-story addition, built into the hill between the
existing Alumni House and the Field House on Hillside Road and
adjacent to the campus Visitors Center, is a symbol of the
expanding role of the Alumni Association. UConn has 152,000 alumni,
nearly two thirds of which live in Connecticut.
"Our alumni reside in every corner of the globe, but at
their alma mater, this building is their home," says President
Philip E. Austin. "We are delighted to welcome our former
students back to campus for Homecoming or on any other occasion and
we hope they visit Alumni House often. The renovations, especially
including the sports museum, make it a particularly inviting
The J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum is named for
Bob Donnelly, Class of 1941, of Nokomis, Fla. And Republic, Mich. a
UConn sports legend in football and basketball and a retired
Although the museum will not be dedicated until Jan. 19, some of
the photos, videos, plaques, banners, uniforms and other
memorabilia will be on display during the sneak preview period
between Oct. 27 and January 19.
The museum will document the history of UConn athletics since
the turn of the 20th Century and will feature 2,800
square feet of sports artifacts, including a basketball rotunda
that will showcase men's and women's basketball, and a
statue of UConn's mascot, a white Husky named Jonathan.
"UConn's proud athletic history is a source of pride
not only for our alumni, but also for the entire State of
Connecticut," says Lew Perkins, director of athletics.
"We are pleased to have this new facility to share that
history with the public."
Other features of the alumni house are an entryway "Hall of
Excellence" to commemorate alumni volunteers, award winners,
association presidents, and others who represent a history of
excellence, John Feudo, executive director of the Alumni
Association, says. There will be an alumni library to showcase
books written by alumni, yearbooks, and provide computers where
alumni can log on to University and association websites, career
information sites, and other UConn resources.
The extension will also include alumni staff offices, meeting
rooms, and space for conferences and activities of campus groups,
alumni groups, and student groups. The project includes renovation
of the existing Alumni House, including expansion of the large
reception room on the ground floor.
Feudo said that housing the sports museum in the addition will
bring 50,000 visitors to the Alumni House each year. "This is
definitely a way to enhance Alumni Association membership,
services, and products and is indicative of our great partnership
with athletics," he said.
The museum will be open during regular business hours and during
The addition, built on 11 acres deeded to the UConn Alumni
Association by the Board of Trustees, meets the University's
design standards and is being constructed by the FIP Construction
Company of Cheshire with private funding.
Alumni Association Homecoming Events
10 a.m.- Alumni Center Dedication and tours of the new
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Homecoming 2001 Walkathon for
Habitat for Humanity, UConn Chapter, Sponsored by UConn
Young Alums, Outdoor track, behind the Alumni Center
Registration Fee: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and
*Contact Kristina Giuliano at (860) 486-2278 or toll free at
888-UC-ALUM-1 or by email email@example.com
to receive sponsor forms and to register.
10:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade - Gilbert Road to Fairfield
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Homecoming BBQ - and
activities including balloon artists, face painters, parachute
games, cotton candy, popcorn, orbotron, moonbounce, inflatable
slide and caricaturists. Alumni Center Parking Lot. Please bring
non-perishable food item to donate to FoodShare of Connecticut!
1:30 p.m.- UConn Football vs. Ball State - For tickets, call the
Athletic Ticket Office at 860-486-2724.
4 p.m. -6 p.m. - Alumni Center Open House
7 p.m. - UConn Men's Soccer vs. Notre Dame - For tickets,
call the Athletic Ticket Office at 860-486-2724
Many schools, colleges, and organizations will be participating
in Homecoming with open houses and tents on the Student Union Mall.
More information is available at the website: http://uconn.edu
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