URI alumni convert deep feelings
for Green Hall into financial support
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 14, 1998--Recent donors to the Green Hall
Campaign, Restoring the Heart of the Campus, have different reasons
for giving to the fund.
But they all share a common desire to help preserve the historic structures
at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston Campus. Each of the donors
has also played a role in giving an early boost to the drive.
In just three-and-a-half months, $380,000, or 32 percent of the $1.2
million private fund-raising goal has been raised.
Mark Ross, of Warwick, a 1964 graduate, said he donated to the
campaign because he feels strongly about the physical plant of the University.
"It's nice to preserve what you can from past years, and modernize
with new facilities so that you have a balance of old and new," said
Ross, vice president of Ross-Simons Inc., who is also a regular donor to
John Pickup, class of 1952 and a resident of Warwick, made a pledge
to the campaign. A biology major with a focus on entomology who sold pesticides
and other chemicals as a successful career, Pickup is grateful for what
URI has given him.
"My degree was perfect for the time and circumstances of my career,"
he said. "The preparation was great. That's why I give back."
Steve Campanella, a 1943 graduate and now a resident of Ligonier,
Pa., couldn't attend the summer kickoff of the Green Hall campaign so
he enclosed a donation in a letter to the campaign chair.
A mechanical engineering alumnus, who worked at Westinghouse and Emerson
Electric Co., Campanella said he could not let down his former college roommate,
Henry Nardone, the chairman of the Green Hall drive.
Daniel R. Barry, URI assistant director of development and Green Hall
project manager, said he wasn't surprised by the support. "These individuals
have always given enormously of their time, their energy and their resources
to the University as a whole. When the time came to support one of the most
important buildings on campus, they didn't hesitate to come to URI's aid
Caroline Kaull and her husband, Don, also donated to Green Hall. She
joked that she and her husband are too young to have experienced the building
when it housed the library and the administrative offices from the 1930s
through the 1950s.
But Caroline said she volunteered to serve on the campaign committee
and made a donation because of the tradition that Green represents.
"It's just a premiere building that, with the other original buildings
on the quadrangle, makes this campus so unique," Kaull said.
Caroline, who travels to many other college campuses when Don does commentary
for Rams' basketball radio broadcasts, said URI's beauty competes with any
of them. "Last year, we went to Stanford and that is a beautiful, expansive
campus, but its quadrangle is not as pretty as ours."
Kaull, of Portsmouth, said it's important to preserve the original
structures. "I don't want to stand by and let these buildings deteriorate,"
Kaull also said since she and her husband are such big supporters of
URI athletics, they will also be donating to the convocation center drive.
"It is important to support all areas of the University," Kaull
Mary Gray, a 1952 graduate of URI, and her husband Walter, also are big
boosters of the University in many areas. So it wasn't surprising that the
Kingston couple made a generous donation to the drive.
"Green Hall is important to me, and I remember it so well as a student,"
she said. "You don't want to lose the historic features of the campus;
they are so important to the older alumni."
Built in 1937, Green last underwent a major renovation in 1965. The campaign
will help fund rehabilitated electrical systems, plumbing, walls, floors,
ceilings, exterior stonework and windows. In addition to the private fund-raising
drive, the state is contributing $2.8 million to refurbish one of URI's
most distinctive structures.
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