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
"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
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
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