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Alumni house receives an upgrade

by Kari Ashworth - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 pm


The College at Brockport’s Alumni House has received a facelift over the past two years. Due to the efforts of the Brockport Alumni Association and multiple generous donors, the college’s oldest building has been preserved, beautified and become more accessible. 

The Alumni House is located on the front lawn of Hartwell Hall at 142 Utica Street. It is a quaint Victorian building that once housed the State Normal and Training School’s principals, according to alumni.brockport.edu. 

Today, the building is used “for Brockport Alumni Association committee meetings; special events, such as alumni reunions and Homecoming Weekend; college meetings and functions; and events and parties by groups not affiliated with the Brockport Alumni Association or the college.” 

Over the past two years, the building has received a paint job to preserve the classic Victorian color scheme, among other renovations, according to the Director of Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the Brockport Alumni Association, Kerry Gotham. 

“There has been a rebuild of both the front and back porches, including a new accessibility ramp, thanks to the generosity of alumni Mary ‘85 and Paul ‘86 Auersperg and Sal Salorenzo ’61,” Gotham said. “The Alumni House Community Garden project broke ground shortly after Commencement in May 2019 and is slated to be opened on Homecoming Weekend, many thanks to the generous support of Rosa LaSorte Rich.” 

This is the newest round of renovations to the building since the early 2000s. It is important to preserve the Alumni House, according to Gotham. 

“As the oldest building on campus, it is important to preserve the heritage and the history and keep it accessible as a resource to both the campus and community,” Gotham said. 

Rosa LaSorte Rich, a former faculty member at the college and a Brockport community member, also agreed with that sentiment. 

“I also believe it is important to showcase and preserve the history of the oldest building on campus and it’s treasured legacy,” she said. 

The Alumni House will host a garden reveal during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. 

“With the Alumni House Community Garden, I wanted a place where students, faculty and staff and community members could gather together in a beautiful space on campus,” Rich said. 

According to alumni.brockport.edu, alums can “celebrate the completion of Alumni House’s fresh new look, and then head inside to enjo y hot chocolate and iced coffee.” 

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