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A steady stream of Lakeland alumni who returned to campus in October for Homecoming swelled with pride as they got their first look at the project, which had been completed just days before the annual celebration. A lot of the buzz early in the construction was centered around the new bridge, but the Sesquicentennial Signature Project is much more than a new bridge. It's a clear sign that you've arrived at a place that's far from ordinary.
Old Main Hall, which opened in 1888, now looks out over the new Sesquicentennial Plaza and grand lawn. The plaza sits at the center of the original parcel of land donated by two German farmers. It features a fountain and is lined with pavers that include names of current and previous students, employees and other friends, along with words of scripture and other inspirational messages. Mark Jaberg '72 was exploring the pavers the morning of Homecoming when he spotted one bearing the name of his grandfather, Elmer, a 1918 graduate. "I didn't realize someone had done that," Mark said with a smile. "He helped build Jubilee Hall."
College alumni, alumni-parents and friends still have the opportunity to become a part of this project by purchasing a limited number of personalized pavers and bricks.
The Sesquicentennial Plaza is a complementary enhancement to Old Main. This new area east of the building serves as a focal point and outdoor meeting space, and features personalized bluestone pavers.
In the heart of campus is Alumni Plaza. This newly expanded area east of the Laun Center serves as a hub between several of the college’s academic buildings, and will feature personalized bricks.
Pavers and bricks can be imprinted with your name and class year, the name of a special group or team, a dedication to someone special or a message stating your affiliation with the college.