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    University of the Pacific breaks ground on Alumni House

    Aug 25, 2010
    More than 50 years after Alex and Jeri Vereschagin graduated from University of the Pacific, their love for Pacific and its alumni will materialize in the form of an Alex and Jeri Vereshagin Alumni House. Pacific will break ground on the Alumni House at noon on Sept. 18. The ceremony, an invitation-only event, will be held at the site of the future building, in the middle of the South Campus lawn, just east of the Long Theatre.

    Once completed, the house will be a place on campus where alumni, students and the Pacific community can hold meetings and learn about the history of the first chartered institution of higher education in California.

    "This home for alumni will house all of the cherished traditions, honors and history of Pacific," said Denny Stilwell, immediate past-president of the Alumni Association. "The Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House, which is being funded by alumni donations, will facilitate networking between alumni, students, and the rest of the University community."

    Shortly after graduating from Pacific, Alex and Jeri married. When Alex became president of the Pacific Alumni Association, 2000-2001, he was inspired by the importance of alumni to the University. Donating $2 million of the $4.5 million needed to construct the Alumni House, they wanted to build a legacy for alumni, by helping to give them a home on campus.

    The 9,500 square-feet, two story building will comply with Pacific's policy that all new buildings meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) internationally recognized green building certification requirements. It will feature the Omega Phi Alpha Library that will house the Naranjado and Epoch yearbooks, "The Pacifican" newspapers and a digital video history of Pacific. The building will also include two conference rooms, an executive boardroom and business suite. The board room, Alumni Foyer, and adjoining patio will allow for dinners and outdoor functions to be hosted in the facility. University of the Pacific is home to more than 55,000 alumni. The groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes the importance all the University's alumni to the past, present and future campus life.

    For more information please visit http://www.pacificalumni.org.