Alumni hall makes debut on game day


Emerson Alumni Hall awaited onlookers before the home football game Saturday.

JOHN MORAN/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, September 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 11:07 p.m.
A beauty of a building made its debut Saturday when more than 1,000 University of Florida graduates celebrated the opening of Emerson Alumni Hall with the start of a new Gator football season.
Cheerleaders, Albert and Alberta, UF President Charles Young and others celebrated the new home of the UF Foundation and Alumni Association. It is expected to be a resource and gathering spot for alumni and others with UF ties or interests.
"We had a great group of alumni and Gator fans. Everybody was pumped up and it was really interactive," said Elise Brodeur, associate director of alumni services. "It's a multipurpose building. First and foremost, it's a hub on campus where alumni can come back and visit. It's a place where they know they will be welcome."
The three-story Emerson Alumni Hall is on W. University Avenue across from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Its 31,000 square feet house offices, a ballroom, a conference room, a library and a gift shop.
Staff moved into the $10.4 million building about two weeks ago, but Saturday's football game was the first time it was open for a public event.
"We're alumni, and we just wanted to come down and see it," said Carol Hogan of Ormond Beach. "It will be nice to have something like this, a place to come to before games."
Cindy Swirko can be reached at 374-5024 or swirkoc@gvillesun.com.

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