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Reunion Class Gifts

Class of 1947

In honor of their 50th class reunion, the Class of 1947 raised $29,000 to furnish the Class of 1947 Conference Room. The Conference Room, located on the plaza level of the Homer Babbidge Library, is an attractive space for students and faculty to hold special public events such as readings, lectures, and film showings. Thanks to the generosity of the Class of 1947, it features state-of-the-art computer and audio-visual equipment.

Class of 1948

In honor of their 50th class reunion, the Class of 1948 raised $50,000 to furnish the Class of 1948 Information Technology Learning Lab. This vitally important new facility provides a small group, hands-on learning area where students and faculty alike can develop their Internet information retrieval skills in the company of an expert librarian "navigator."

Class of 1949

In honor of their 50th class reunion, the Class of 1949 raised over $60,000 for the furnishing and equipping of the new Dramatic Arts and Music Library, completed in 1999. Numbering over 72,000 volumes, the collection supports a wide variety of music and dramatic arts programs in the School of Fine Arts.

Class of 1950

In honor of their 50th class reunion, the Class of 1950 raised $100,000 to furnish and equip the Class of 1950 Lecture Center. The Lecture Center is a state of the art training facility and multi-purpose classroom. In addition to being vitally important to the library's staff for personnel and technology training sessions, students and the general public also rely on this space for demonstrations by the library's research staff and as a facility for invited speakers who need the latest technology to conduct presentations.

Class of 1951

In honor of their 50th class reunion, the Class of 1950 raised $100,000 to furnish and equip the Class of 1950 Lecture Center. The Lecture Center is a state of the art training facility and multi-purpose classroom. In addition to being vitally important to the library's staff for personnel and technology training sessions, students and the general public also rely on this space for demonstrations by the library's research staff and as a facility for invited speakers who need the latest technology to conduct presentations.

Class of 1952

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1952 raised $83,000 to upgrade and enhance a primary electronic classroom in the Homer Babbidge Library. The Class of 1952 Electronic Classroom is now a state-of-the-art teaching classroom for students, faculty and community members learning how to use the variety of electronic services available at UConn.

Class of 1953

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1953 raised $46,000 to establish a Class of 1953 Scholarship Fund and to transform a video theater in the Homer Babbidge Library into a state-of-the-art teaching facility. The Class of 1953 Video Theater I will benefit students, faculty and community members for years to come.

Class of 1954

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1954 raised over $46,000 to rehabilitate the quiet study area located on the fourth floor of the Homer Babbidge Library. The Class of 1954 Quiet Study Room has been re-furnished and now has a wireless networked capacity, enabling student to utilize the World Wide Web from their laptop computers.

Class of 1955

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1955 raised $35,000 to establish the Class of 1955 Undergraduate Instruction Classroom in the Homer Babbidge Library. As part of the University's new General Education requirements, the UConn Libraries are now called upon to work in tandem with the teaching faculty to see that each student who graduates from UConn is "information literate". Given the Libraries' central role in enhancing academic enrichment on campus, the Class of 1955 Undergraduate Instruction Classroom will help implement this undergraduate enrichment program by providing access to state of the art technology and instruction.

Class of 1956

In honor of their 50th reunion and in recognition of the University's 125th anniversary, the Class of 1956 raised $73,000 to establish the Class of 1956 University Archives Endowment Fund. This new fund supports the University Archives housed in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center – a collection of photographs, publications, documents and other memorabilia that document the history of the University from its founding in 1881 to the present. The endowment provides the funding necessary for the gathering and preserving of these important records and for providing access to them.

Class of 1957

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1957 raised $39,000 for the construction and furnishing of two i-Studios in the Learning Commons area in the Homer Babbidge Library. The glass-walled i-Studios are now equipped with large plasma displays, white boards, and other tools for group learning and collaboration.

Class of 1958

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1958 raised over $17,000 for the furnishing of the Class of 1958 Study Lounge in the Learning Commons area in the Homer Babbidge Library. The class also supported the 50th Reunion Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Class of 1959

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1959 raised over $10,000 to support the Learning Commons in the Homer Babbidge Library. The class also supported the 50th Reunion Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Class of 1960

In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1960 raised funds to revitalize a video center in the Homer Babbidge Library. The class also supported the 50th Reunion Alumni Scholarship Fund.