June is typically a quiet month on campus. We take a collective deep breath following a long school year, begin preparations for summer programs to begin in July, and dig into the necessary administrative work to ready us for the coming school year. This June is quite different, for all good reasons!
With an earlier than normal Commencement and last week’s virtual reunion that, while extremely enjoyable, didn’t require any campus preparations, we have jumped into summer projects headfirst.
Two critical Bicentennial Campaign priorities are underway. First, the complete renovation of Lane Hall is well into the demolition phase as we bring this important humanities building up to par with the likes of Meservey and Pilalas. A new building envelope, necessary HVAC systems, improved access egresses, and a fully developed third floor will improve the learning experience for students while supporting the needs of faculty.
Second, the Academic Research Center is undergoing renovations following the relocation of the School’s library to the Gordon-Nash Library. The college office and Innovation Lab are moving to the main floor that formally housed the circulation desk, library offices, and book space, providing expanded space on the second floor for the language department.
The main floor will also become the physical home for our Entrepreneurial Studies program. In addition to our innovation equipment, this new facility will include a multipurpose classroom and event space, along with a seminar and break-out room. We are excited to open the space for the opening of school in the fall.
Gordon-Nash Library Public Opening
After significant renovations and a long wait due to COVID-19 restrictions, we opened the Gordon-Nash Library to the greater New Hampton community this week. The formerly private non-profit library serving the town and Lakes Region patrons is now owned and operated by New Hampton School as a joint-use facility. Local patrons were delighted with the improvements to the building and equally excited about the partnership opportunities between the school and the community that the library will facilitate.
Virtual Reunion 2021
I want to thank the many alumni who joined us for Virtual Reunion 2021. Attendees commented on the strong relationships they formed with adults while on campus and the important lessons they imparted. I was particularly moved by the comments from alumni about impact members of our legends panel—Mark Tilton, Adam Tyson, Ruth Wahl, Jen McMahon, Veronica Lima-De Angelis, Amy Wilson, and Russ Brummer—continue to have on their lives and the laughter generated by stories from the past.
We are all fortunate to be part of this historic institution that has played such a key role in the development of young men and women who have gone on to do great things in their lives, and I commend current and former faculty and staff who have devoted their professional lives to the service of others.
Thank you for your continued support for New Hampton School, and we eagerly await fall events on campus that I hope you will find time to participate in. Whether you graduated five or 50 years ago, this will always be your school, and we encourage your presence on campus, participation in events, and involvement in alumni programming.
With warm wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable summer,
Joe Williams P’22