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Anderson Center Dedicated

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Minnesota’s first university celebrated its past and its future with the dedication of the newest addition to Hamline’s Saint Paul campus, the Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center. Hundreds of Hamline students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members gathered at the Anderson Center to celebrate on October, 5 2012, which was declared Hamline University Anderson Center Day in the city of Saint Paul by Mayor Chris Coleman.

The dedication honored Carol Young Anderson and her deceased husband Dennis who donated the lead gift to help make the Anderson Center a reality. Carol, a 1946 graduate of Hamline, cut the ceremonial ribbon with Hamline University President Linda Hanson and alongside current undergraduate students. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni reflected on what the building means to them and how it will help shape their experiences at Hamline. The ceremony also included the dedication of Alumni Way, the outdoor bricked walking path on which the names of donors are engraved, and a live performance of music composed especially for the Anderson Center by Hamline alumnus Steven Anderson. 

The Anderson Center transforms the Snelling and Englewood Avenue entrance to campus with its impressive three-level glass and terra cotta exterior and is now the bustling center of campus life. Built to U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED silver standards, the Anderson Center features the latest green technology including solar panels, high performance glass, and a green roof. Students, faculty, staff, and the community gather in large and small meeting spaces, the Bishop’s Bistro and Piper Grill and Cafe, a coffee shop, Leo’s Corner convenience store, meditation room, an outdoor terrace, and at the computer bars. Hamline exceeded its $20 million fundraising goal for the $36 million dollar, 75,000-square foot building, which was designed by architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch and constructed by Roseville-based McGough.

“The Anderson Center has ushered in a new era for Hamline University, and we are thrilled that the community has embraced this beautiful building as the heart of campus,” said Hamline University President Dr. Linda Hanson. “The Anderson Center embodies our focus on community and the values we cultivate at Hamline. We are grateful to the more than 300 donors who saw the value of creating a place where robust dialogue, reflection, and fellowship could flourish. The Anderson Center will play a transformational role in promoting Hamline values for generations to come.”

Carol and Dennis Anderson have a long history of commitment to Hamline, and their generous lead donation of $10 million helped make the building of the Anderson Center possible. Carol was a student at Hamline during World War II. In 1993, she 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.

“Carol and Dennis Anderson’s generous gift has helped create a place for the next generation of Hamline students to build relationships with others and their university,” Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Tony Grundhauser said. “Their vision, passion for education, and legacy will live on at Hamline.”

On October 4, at the annual President’s Circle Dinner, Dr. Hanson announced the establishment of a $1million endowed fund, the Ambassador Rozanne Ridgway Forum Fund for undergraduate collaborative student-faculty partnerships and for annual awards to students who will be designated Ridgway Forum Fellows. The Central Forum of the Anderson Center is named for Ambassador Ridgway, funded by gifts from life trustees who contributed $1 million in her honor. 

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