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Springfield College to Unveil Renovated Fuller Arts Center

March 5, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 5, 2009 – Springfield College will unveil the newly remodeled Fuller Arts Center, the site of visual and performing arts and other academic programs, at a ceremony in the center’s auditorium, on Thursday, March 5, at noon.

The $1.2 million renovation was supported with a lead gift from the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation.

“Fuller Arts Center has been a center of activity on our campus and in our community for a quarter of a century,” said Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn. “Now, with new technology and enhancements that make it more useful, accessible, comfortable, and attractive, it is equipped to present the sophisticated arts events and college programs that are integral to first-quality higher education and the cultural life of our region.”

Renovations include a significantly expanded entryway and foyer, with a new façade of glass, brick and limestone. It will be the site of receptions, art exhibitions, other college programs, and events that are open to the public.

In Appleton Auditorium, the center’s performance space, there is a new computerized stage lighting system and the floor has been raised to improve stage visibility. The stage has a new floor and curtains, and the seating area has new carpeting. Enhancing sound are a new ceiling, sound system, and acoustical wall panels. New paint and finishes have been added throughout.

“Springfield College is deeply grateful to the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation for its generosity over the past 26 years,” Flynn said. The foundation was the largest donor when the college constructed the center in 1983-84, and supported updates in 1994. The foundation also supports the Evan C. Page ’73 YMCA Scholarship, given annually to a Springfield College student from the Worcester, Mass., area who is preparing for a career in the YMCA.

The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation supports programs of religious institutions and not-for-profit organizations in education, culture, healthcare, and social services in Worcester, Mass., and surrounding communities.

Renovation of Fuller Arts Center is the latest in an ongoing series of campus building and renovation projects at Springfield College. Last year, the college opened a new Wellness Center and Field House, and began construction of a new Campus Union with a renovated Beveridge Center. These buildings, along with renovation of Schoo-Bemis Science Center into a state-of-the-art science teaching facility in 2007, were supported by the largest fund-raising campaign in the college’s history. The campaign closed in October at $44.5 million, more than 11 percent above its goal. In October, the college also opened its new Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex.

The first public program at the newly renovated Fuller Arts Center will be “FULLER DANCES: Reconstructed and New Works,” a dance concert with performances by Springfield College faculty members, students and graduates, March 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., and March 8 at 2 p.m. Highlights will include reconstructions of two historic works choreographed by Ted Shawn, former Springfield College faculty member and founder of Jacob’s Pillow.

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