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Identifying with a Legacy

from The Bridge: Fall 2010 issue

With the addition of the John W. Elrod University Commons, the campus has changed a bit since the Class of 1985 graduated. What remains at its heart, however, and in the hearts of many alumni, is the historic Colonnade.

"When you think back to being a W&L student, images of the Colonnade come to mind," said Chris Williams '85, of Richmond, Va. "Whether you were an English major, studied biology or majored in business administration, you identified with the legacy symbolized by the Colonnade. Helping preserve these buildings for generations to come seemed like a great way to mark our 25th reunion."

When the class gathered in Lexington last May, they presented the University with a check for more than $1.4 million, of which $700,000 was designated in support of the Colonnade project. The foyer of Newcomb Hall, the first building to be renovated, has been named in recognition of the Class of 1985's generosity.