The College of New Rochelle to Rededicate Newly Renovated Mother Irene Gill Library
- CNR to Bestow Honorary Degree on Edward Cardinal Egan
At Academic Convocation -
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of New Rochelle (CNR) will rededicate its state-of-the-art Mother Irene Gill Library in grand style on Thursday April 11, 2002, following a two-year, multi-million dollar renovation. The rededication will begin at 10 a.m. with an academic convocation and conferral of an honorary degree on His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, in the Holy Family Chapel. Immediately following the ceremony, the Cardinal will formally bless the library. Remarks will be made by CNR alumna Lieutenant Governor Mary O. Donohue (SAS '68). "For more than six decades, Gill Library has been at the epicenter of intellectual discussion and scholarly research. Now, having renovated this historic building into a technically advanced facility, faculty, students, and the surrounding community have the unique opportunity to utilize this creative environment for lifelong learning," said Stephen J. Sweeny, Ph.D., President, The College of New Rochelle. First opened in 1938, Mother Irene Gill Library has served as an important resource to the College's students and faculty and the community-at-large in the City of New Rochelle and Westchester County for more than 60 years. After undergoing two years of complete renovation of its interior -- utilizing funds raised during the College's last capital campaign and the assistance of a $1 million grant from New York State for technology -- the newly renovated library has taken a bold step into the 21st century while retaining its architectural integrity. A few highlights of the new library include: over 200 new data ports to access Gill's extensive online databases and the Internet; dozens of computer workstations throughout the library; a computerized Instruction Room to enhance research ability using the latest information technology; an extensive collection of over 200,000 volumes, including rare books collections of James Joyce, Thomas More and the Ursuline Order - founders of CNR; soft comfortable seating; spacious private study rooms; and a new refreshment lounge. Architects for the project were The Hillier Group in Princeton, New Jersey, and construction was conducted by Calgi Construction. "The goal of the renovation," said Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA, ALA, Associate Principal and Principal in Charge/Design, Hillier Group, "was to transform the library into an open, modern library with a magnificent two-story atrium. As a result of this renovation, the library is able to better accommodate new technology for students as they prepare to meet the challenges they will face in the 21st century." Since reopening to the College Community in January, the response to the new library has been extremely positive. "The students are enjoying the fact they have a place to study -- a place that they can be proud of in terms of a modern facility," said Jim Schleifer, Dean, Mother Irene Gill Library. "The faculty are very impressed with the library. They think it's architecturally very successful. The impact has been very positive." In bestowing an Honorary Degree on Edward Cardinal Egan, The College of New Rochelle recognizes the remarkable contribution that the Archbishop has given to Catholic education as Pastor of New York since his installation on May 11, 2000, at Cathedral of Saint Patrick. The former Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Edward Cardinal Egan has been a Catholic priest for over 45 years. He was consecrated a bishop in 1985. In January 2001, Pope John Paul II named him a member of the College of Cardinals. Educated in the United States and in Vatican City, Cardinal Egan graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1964 with a doctorate in Canon Law from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University. In presenting Cardinal Egan with an honorary degree from The College of New Rochelle, President Sweeny said of the Cardinal, "he has been described as a champion of Catholic education, a man of learning and culture, who has upheld the highest standards in schools and educational programs. His approach to education is grounded in the liberal arts, and he has sought policies and procedures that respect and promote the dignity and worth of each individual." Today, Cardinal Egan serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and the Ratisbonne Institute in Jerusalem. Cardinal Egan has received honorary doctorates from Saint John's University in New York, Thomas More College in New Hampshire, and Western Connecticut State University. The first Catholic college for women in New York State, The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order. Today, it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three schools which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult learners), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. The main campus of the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of New York City. The College maintains six other campus locations in New York City. Visit the College's website at http://www.cnr.edu . The Hillier Group was founded in 1966 by J. Robert Hillier, FAIA. It is the fourth largest architecture firm in the nation skilled in areas of design specialization, which it calls "practice groups" for industry-focused or service-oriented organizations, including Higher Education, Historic Preservation, Corporate, Healthcare, Hospitality, Science and Technology, Land Planning, K-12 Public Education, Historic Preservation, and Graphic Design. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X59612437
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