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February 2012

Life on the Quad

Step into the Quad these days and you'll be greeted by the sounds of construction — the whine of saws, the clank of metal on metal, the zip of drills. Things are moving along.

The project to renovate the Quad honors its rich past while getting these 1920s buildings prepared for the future. The changes — such as bigger, brighter parlors and changing the entrances to front the courtyard — are designed to promote community. The beauty of the Quad will continue to attract students, while living and learning communities will make a difference in how these students grow during their time here.

A view from the second floor of Shaw Residence Hall shows the Quad construction in progress.

A view from the second floor of Shaw Residence Hall shows the Quad construction in progress.

In the meantime, construction continues. In Jamison, the residence hall furthest along in the process, the smell of wet paint signals progress. Rooms are blocked off with sheet rock and sheets of drywall line the hallways, ready for the next step.

In fact, two rooms are complete. In those two rooms visitors can glimpse what students will see when they arrive in August. One room holds a full bed, closet, sink and entrance to the bathroom. The second room, which shares the same bathroom, mimics the first room but holds two elevated beds.

High, arched windows have been placed in the parlor, letting light stream in, while hard-hatted men work standing on the second-floor scaffolding. When the project is complete, the parlors will have raised ceilings to include a second story of windows.

Shaw Residence Hall might see the biggest change. It will take on a new identity — Gateway to the Quad. An open-air pass-through on the ground floor will allow students easy access into and out of the Quad. The second-floor area just above the pass-through will have large windows for a stunning view.

Shaw will also have several new features — living and learning classrooms on the first floor, a recreation room, faculty office, multipurpose rooms and group study rooms.

While the cost of the project is being funded by student rent, alumni have been asked to help raise $1 million to upgrade the parlors. Already several have made substantial gifts.

Emily Herring Wilson '61 was the first to make a contribution. She, along with Elinor Brandt Winn '61, named a room in Hinshaw in honor of counselor Nancy W. Melvin. Alice Joyner Irby '54 has named the Joyner Parlor in Cotten after her mother, Margaret Hudson Joyner '26. Maureen Turner Vandiver '61 and her husband Roy have named the Bailey parlor in honor of her former dorm counselor, Lucy T. White. Connie Herzberg Orander '82 and Richard Orander Jr. '81 have made their naming in honor of today's students.

And several more alumni have made gifts. While naming rooms and patios and parlors are wonderful (and much-needed) things, gifts can be made in any amount. To see quotes from alumni about their Quad memories or to learn more about how to make a contribution, visit You can also contact Miriam Bradley at (336) 944-2778 or email

To read more about the progress and plans for the Quad, visit

Those who are interested in seeing how the finished product turns out should make plans to attend this year's Homecoming. Please note, Homecoming has a new date this year — Nov. 2-4. Tours of the Quad will be offered as one of the weekend's many activities.





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