Library Opens to Students

With the start of the fall 2012 semester, the new Learning and Research Center at UAFS’s Boreham Library has opened to students and the public. Boreham Library itself, meanwhile, is undergoing a major retrofit and is scheduled to re-open in early 2013. Once complete, the library and the addition will boast more than double the square-footage of the former Boreham Library, along with an additional 536 seats, 214 computer stations, room for 52,000 new volumes, and a 24-hour study and computer access area
 
Together, the addition and retrofit are expected to cost about $14.2 million, much of which will be covered by a Commerce Department grant, monies provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funding from the State of Arkansas, new bond issues, and smart refinancing of existing bonds. But the UAFS Foundation, as part of its Giving Opportunity campaign, is committed to raising $5 million in private gifts to help offset the cost.
 
Already, alumni and friends of the University have given more than $1.3 million of that amount, taking advantage of numerous naming opportunities. Among the areas already named are the Dr. Ted and Betty Skokos Commons, the Bruce and Eileen Worley Presentation Room, the Kyle D. Parker, J.D. Landing, the Forsgren Family Conference Room, the Farrell-Cooper Mining Team Learning Laboratory, the Carole and Jim Williamson Business Solutions Center, the Wanda and A.G. Cluck Study Room, the Babb Institute for Applied Innovation, the Dr. and Mrs. Frank M. Lockwood, M.D., Computer Access Area, the director's office, and several study carrels.
 
But many prime naming opportunities remain, says Development Officer Anne Thomas. Ranging from $100 to $250,000, they include a reading room, study rooms, study carrels, a computer instruction lab, the Learning and Research Center’s 24-hour zone, several work and conference rooms within the Babb Institute, several computer access areas, an art gallery, a study corner, and several signature pieces of artwork, one of which will hang in the Dr. Ted and Betty Skokos Commons. “We hope to have a wonderful piece to complement the Center’s striking architecture,” says Thomas. “With the large, two-story windows in the commons, the piece will have prime visibility from all angles.”