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October 2, 2003

Birmingham-Southern College dedicates new Humanities Center; names facility after longtime president and his wife

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A completely renovated building on the Birmingham-Southern campus now devoted entirely to the college's humanities academic programs was dedicated during Noon ceremonies Thursday, Oct. 2, and subsequently named after the institution's longtime president and his wife.

Prior to the dedication ceremonies, 28-year Birmingham-Southern President Dr. Neal R. Berte announced at the fall Board of Trustees meeting of his plans to retire in 2004 from the college's top leadership post. Following his announcement, the board unanimously passed a resolution changing Berte's title to chancellor and president and then unanimously approved the naming of the just-renovated Humanities Center on the academic quadrangle as the Anne and Neal Berte Humanities Center.

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 Berte 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 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 common area of what is now the Berte 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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