• Development


    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104


    Linda Carlson
    Administrative Assistant


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    Carol Young Anderson '46 and Dennis L. Anderson

    Carol ’46 and Dennis Anderson have a long history of commitment to Hamline. In the summer of 1942, Carol visited Hamline’s campus, took one look at the stately Manor House, and decided then and there where she would attend college. In 1993, Carol was called to join the Hamline Board of Trustees – a position she held until 2001. Carol was a key volunteer in Hamline’s New American University Campaign, and she and Dennis have made several gifts to Hamline’s endowment and annual operations, and now have presented the lead gift to the University Center. Dennis passed away in 2010, but the vision, passion for education, and legacy shared by he and Carol will live on at Hamline.

    About the University Center

    The Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center, located on the prominent corner of Snelling and Englewood, will be the official entrance to campus. Opening up a vista on residential life at Hamline and to Hamline Church, an icon of our founding tradition, the University Center will create an image that reflects our commitment to being a diverse, learning-centered university. The University Center will announce arrival at Hamline. It will welcome visitors, alumni, parents, and the community, and will create a positive first impression of the university as energetic yet modest, down-to-earth yet ambitious. The University Center will be the anchor gathering place on the south end of campus, appropriate for virtual and person-to-person connections and a wide array of users.

    The University Center will invite living and learning activities with the amenities of good food, essential services, and spaces that fit the users and purposes of gathering together. The University Center will have quiet places and robust spaces: areas where the Faculty Council is as comfortable as the debate team, and commuter students meet before class to complete a team assignment and have a nutritious meal. Although the University Center will have designated spaces, such as the kitchen and dining areas, ideally the facility will accommodate multiple constituencies that rotate with ease throughout the days, weeks, and seasons of the year. To ensure its high performance and effective use, the University Center will function as the most people-oriented, community-centric facility on campus, worthy of a walk to its door, even in the most inclement weather. Some of these spaces and features include:

    • Campus life – Campus Life offices and work space for student organizations.
    • Mixed dining – The mixed dining spaces will cater to all visitors, whether enjoying a meal from all-you-care-to-eat cafeteria, a bag lunch, or a treat from the coffee shop. 
    • Forum for events – Large and flexible event and meeting spaces.
    • Tech connectivity – The University Center’s computer bars and lounge offer a convenient place to stay connected while on campus.
    • Meditation room – Open to all who desire a quiet space for reflection or prayer. 
    • Fireplace – When it’s cold outside, the lounge offers a toasty place to warm up.
    • Responsible design – Constructed with sustainable building materials and energy-efficient design.
    • Spirit Shop – Get your favorite Hamline gear at the Spirit Shop! 
    • Outdoor terrace – Offers the perfect venue to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. 

    Just as Old Main represents Hamline as a revered place of tradition, authenticity, and academic excellence, Hamline’s University Center will become a welcoming icon of an innovative, diverse, learning-centered university for generations of students.