Convocation will celebrate opening of new library, Weston field

This fall, the Convocation ceremony will be moved back two weeks to Sept. 20, in order to accommodate a larger celebration of the opening of the new Stetson-Sawyer Library. Several weeks later, the College will formally dedicate the Weston field complex.

The September weekend will kick off with the normal 11 a.m. Convocation ceremony on Saturday in Chapin Hall. Following the ceremony, there will be an all-campus picnic on Chapin Lawn. During the ceremony, the College will award five to six Bicentennial Medals to alumni. On the Thursday and Friday leading up to Convocation, “We also hope to have each medalist participate in relevant classes or informal discussions with students,” Carrie Greene, academic program coordinator, said. The day will conclude with a formal dedication of the library in the afternoon.

In the months leading up to the dedication, the College has developed a program called the Book Unbound initiative, which is “a year-long series of courses and events in celebration of the new library,” according to Greene. As part of this project, during the 2014-15 school year, the College will offer 31 courses across disciplines that are related in some way to the new library. Classes that will be offered include Documentary Poetry; Technology and Modern Society; History of the Book and Great Astronomers and Their Original Publications, among others. In addition, throughout the year, the College will host speakers, workshops, performances and exhibits as part of the initiative.

In an all school email, College President Adam Falk outlined plans for the old Sawyer building: “…it might look like the building will be idle for some time after its operations move to the new facility, but in fact it’ll be full of activities associated with its decommissioning. As soon as we’ve moved out, the entire building will become a work site, as we begin to remove hazardous materials and dismantle interior structures and systems so that they can be reused or recycled.”

In October 2014, the school will also celebrate the completion of the Weston Field Complex, which will include new football, lacrosse, field hockey and track facilities. The football and lacrosse field will be dedicated as Farley-Lamb field to recognize Dick Farley, football and track and field coach, and former men’s lacrosse and women’s squash coach Renzie Lamb. The track complex will be named the Lee Track to honor Beth Lee ’75, James B. Lee ’75 and their family. The Williamson field honors Sarah Keohane Williamson ’84. The official details of the dedication ceremonies have not yet been released.

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Decoteau, the project manager for the Stetson-Sawyer library, the library and the athletic complex are on track for completion in late July and late August respectively.

The interior of the library is complete for the most part, with the exception of “commissioning systems and preparing the buildings to receive furnishings and people in early May,” Decoteau said. In addition, facilities members will work on landscaping and paving work in the next few weeks. In June and July, the library’s collections and staff will move to the new building.

According to Jason Morgan, the project manager for the Weston project, in the next few weeks, construction will commence on the team support building and the press box structure.

Falk said, “We’ve been anticipating the new library and sports complex for quite some time now, and I’m excited to celebrate these wonderful occasions with many of you this fall.”