Thursday June 9, 2011

Welcome Home, Alumni

The University of Dayton will showcase the first phase of its new, interactive Alumni Center in the 1700 South Patterson Building when more than 1,500 alumni and guests return to campus June 10-12 for Reunion Weekend.

The University of Dayton's National Alumni Association designated $1 million for creating a welcome center, a special events space and stunning touch-screen video exhibits highlighting achievements in academics, research and athletics.  Vintage and current campus scenes showcase the University's Catholic, Marianist heritage and its growing global reputation. An interactive wall of recognition honors donors who have helped build the University of Dayton into a top-tier research university.

"This center makes a huge statement," said Linda Berning '82 '87, president of the National Alumni Association and a trustee.  "It demonstrates the importance of alumni to the University of Dayton.  We want them to know they always have a home here."

Upcoming phases of the project call for the renovation of the center's main multipurpose gathering and exhibition space and construction of a retail outlet of Flyer merchandise and a new auditorium for workshops, seminars and other alumni events.  The University will finance future phases through private support.

"The Alumni Center will engage our more than 100,000 alumni in new and powerful ways," said Deborah A.W. Read, vice president for University advancement. "In this striking facility, we will reconnect alumni with each other and illustrate the University of Dayton's bold transformation over its rich history."

AD-EX International in Cincinnati is working with a University of Dayton team that includes writers, a graphic designer and a videographer to create the interactive center.

For more information, contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3255 or rizvi@udayton.edu.