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September 25, 2003

Birmingham-Southern College set to dedicate new Humanities Center Oct. 2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A completely renovated building on the Birmingham-Southern campus now devoted entirely to the college's humanities academic programs will be dedicated during ceremonies Thursday, Oct. 2.

The Humanities Center will be dedicated during a public ceremony beginning at Noon outside the main entrance to the building, which is located on the college's academic quadrangle. Informal tours will follow.

A $4.3 million renovation project begun in June 2002 converted the college's Phillips Science Building into a center to accommodate the academic needs of the Division of Humanities. The four-story building now houses the academic programs of the Classics, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy, and Religion.

The Humanities Center houses 12 classrooms; three seminar rooms; 34 faculty offices; writing, speech, and media centers; and foreign languages and computer labs, among other areas.

“The humanities are at the heart of a distinctive liberal arts education such as that offered at Birmingham-Southern, so it was imperative that we bring together the entire humanities faculty and programs into a single teaching, learning, and research center that incorporates a modern learning environment and state-of-the-art technology,” said Birmingham-Southern President Dr. Neal R. Berte.

The renovation became possible when the 100,000 square-foot Elton B. Stephens Science Center opened on campus in June 2002.

The Phillips Science Building, which had housed the college's science program since its original construction in 1951, was named in memory of Birmingham businessman and longtime college supporter M. Paul Phillips, whose contribution made the facility possible. A portion of the main entrance common area of the Humanities Center will continue to recognize Mr. Phillips.

The general contractor for the renovation project was Brice Building Company of Birmingham, and the architect was Garrison Barrett Group of Birmingham.


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