Hamline News

Hamline breaks ground; University Center to open fall of 2012


 With hard hats on and shovels in hand, students, faculty, alumni, and donors broke ground on Hamline University’s new University Center on Monday, April 11, 2011. The official groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site where the new building will stand—on the southwest edge of Hamline’s Saint Paul campus at the corner of Snelling and Englewood avenues.

Aspiring to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED silver standards, the three-level glass and terra cotta building will include solar panels and a green roof. It will include large and small meeting spaces, computer bars, dining facilities, a coffee shop, a Spirit Store, a meditation room, an outdoor terrace, and an underground parking garage. The 75,000 square foot building will serve as the anchor gathering place on campus for commuter and residential students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch has designed the building, and Roseville-based McGough will construct it.

Thus far, Hamline has raised more than $15 million in gifts toward the project and expects to raise an additional $9 million before the center is completed in August of 2012. The lead gift of $8.3 million came from 1946 Hamline University College of Liberal Arts alumna Carol Anderson and her deceased husband Dennis. The building will be named the Carol Young Anderson and Dennis Anderson University Center, in honor of the couple, Hamline University announced today.

“Through their generous gift, Carol and Dennis Anderson have allowed us to begin realizing the dream for the new University Center,” said Hamline University President Linda Hanson. “We recognize that a modern, attractive, and functional University Center plays a critical role in creating a sense of community, recruiting students, and serving commuting students, many of whom are professional working adults. It will invite living and learning activities with all the amenities of good food, a one-stop shop for services on campus, quiet places for students to study, and robust spaces for groups of our Hamline community members to gather.”

The Andersons are longtime supporters of Hamline. After graduating from Hamline University in 1946 with a degree in sociology, Carol married Dennis Anderson, and they farmed and ran a ranch in South Dakota for the next several decades. Over the years, Carol Anderson volunteered her time and talent as a member of the South Dakota State Board of Social Services and the State Board for the League of Women Voters. Twice she was named the Democratic Party candidate from Pennington County for the South Dakota State House of Representatives, and she has held a unique position as the first female president of the YMCA board of directors in Rapid City, South Dakota. Carol served on the Hamline University Board of Directors from 1993-2001 and as chair of the estate planning and endowment committee for the New American University Campaign. Carol resides in South Dakota.

“I am elated we are able to give a substantial portion of our accumulated estate to Hamline University,” Carol Anderson said. “Hamline has been very much a part of our lives. My memories of Hamline are intertwined with memories of World War II, as the war impacted our college years from start to finish. One effect may have been that women had opportunities for leadership we might not have had in more normal times. I am so thankful for the years I had at Hamline; they were like no other years in my life. I feel blessed that we are able to give back to this university that has served Dennis and I so well. I feel the University Center is an incredibly worthy investment.”

The Andersons have made a previous gift of $1 million to endow the Carol Young Anderson and the Dennis Anderson Chair in the Social Sciences. Added to their gift for the University Center, and their 50+ years of annual support, their total giving to Hamline University exceeds $9.6 million.