The summer of 2018 brought an event that some faculty in English had thought might never happen: the opportunity to relocate into one building.
Since the demolition of Denison Hall in 2005 and our removal to the first and basement floors of a partially-renovated Lafene the previous year, the English Department has remained stretched between three spaces: English Counseling Services Building (ECS), Eisenhower Hall (EH), and Leasure Hall (LS).
Three university presidents, three provosts, and four deans of Arts and Sciences later — and with thanks to each leadership team and our colleagues in Counseling Services — we finally could make the move.
Starting in May and continuing through June, as faculty members packed up their books and files, I worked with graduate student volunteers to clean out storage spaces and offices in Eisenhower Hall and Leasure Hall long occupied by English (20 years? 30 years?) in advance of the move to ECS. Along the way, we happened upon traces of the past and some unexpected treasures.
Here are a few highlights:
In the weeks ahead, stay tuned for “Summer Relocations II” with discoveries from the 2nd Floor of ECS, as well as updates about our renovations to the ECS space, landscaping of the old Circle Drive areas, and plans for the building’s name, as we make a new home for English as of 2018.