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11/20/03 - Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center Rededicated at Reinhardt on Nov. 18, 2003

new entry of Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center

The impressive 4,000 square foot addition to the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center faces the center of Campus and includes a new entry, elevators, and a portion of the College's After Hours Library for late night studying and computing.

The rededication ceremony for Reinhardt College's Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center was held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003,  following the College's fall Board of Trustees meeting. The ceremony, which ended with a prayer of dedication led by The Rev. William G. Griffin, executive director of the Georgia United Methodist Commission of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, capped a three-year $1.3 million renovation project, which resulted in an expanded and modernized 30,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the Reinhardt Campus.

Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood said the importance of this building is especially evident at night, as the building" lights brighten the Campus center and invite all to come and explore." He also challenged all in attendance to use the new and exciting structure in ways that will fulfill its promise. "It will be our goal, with the help of God, that inside these walls knowledge will be passed on to successive generations."

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Dr. Andrea Hardin described the library as a place for building community and partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community members, for providing electronic and print collections that connect students to ideas, and for representing the "enduring values of service, joy in working, the pursuit of truth and love of learning."

After asking those at the rededication to tour the facility and examine its features, Library Director Shawn Tonner encouraged everyone to consider the building's abstract meaning. "This is the library we celebrate today -- the library as the place of hopes, dreams and aspirations," Tonner said. ï"And I, as the library director, wish to thank you, the people of vision, for making this expanded and renovated library possible: from our generous donors, to our patient and creative architect, our tolerant and forgiving students and faculty who lived with change� and to all of those who served to shape this building, thank you."

All the speakers, including Board of Trustees Chair James K. Hasson Jr., thanked those whose generous gifts helped to finance the improvements. "We are indebted to many for the gifts given in honor of a love of learning," Hasson said. "Without the support of these many generous donors, including the Spruill Family, the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, and the anonymous Atlanta Foundation, this project would not have been possible."

Tonner spelled out the impact of the gifts from Onnie Mae Spruill and Ethel Warren Spruill in the printed program, as well. "The Spruill family name will forever be associated with learning and libraries at Reinhardt. Her [Ethel Warren Spruill's] ongoing support of students through scholarships, her generous contributions to the Library's growing book and journal collections, and her willingness to underwrite a dream of an expanded and renovated library profoundly touches students of today, tomorrow and those far in the future."

Ater almost a year of construction, the three-story structure reopened for fall classes in late August of 2003 with an impressive 4,000 square-foot addition facing the Campus center, which includes a new entry and elevator. When built in 1969, the building was dedicated to the memory of Judge Robert Hill Freeman. A library, classroom and faculty office building until 2002 when the classrooms and faculty offices were relocated, the new facility was redesigned, with input from a Blue Ribbon Committee and a Library Building Planning Group of students, faculty and staff, to accommodate the growing library services and collections necessary for a baccalaureate institution.

The Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center now features: space for an additional 60,000 books and journals, ample individual and collaborative study areas, exhibit space for art work and collection display, pervasive computing and network connectivity, a centrally-located service desk for research assistance and access services, an After Hours Library for late night studying and computing, group studies, meeting and group media viewing rooms, a library instruction classroom, an Archives and Special Collections room, picturesque entrances from the east and the west, and a terrace surrounded by stately oak trees overlooking the Bratton Carillon Tower and the Burgess Garden.

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