O'Grady Library opens for students
January 19, 2001
Lacey, Wash. - Gray skies and sprinkles
didn't seem to dampen the spirits of Saint Martin's students gathered
for the Student Opening of the O'Grady Library.
About 150 students, monks, faculty, staff
and friends braved the chilly weather for the informal opening January
"The library surpasses our
expectations in its ability to provide a needed resource for our
students and it does so in a beautiful manner," said David
Spangler, College president. "The fact that it is the center of our
campus represents a great enrichment in the long history of Saint
Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., gave a simple
blessing as those present entered the building, which was designed by
architect Michael Graves, and internationally known designer and
recipient of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for
lifetime achievement award.
The library's state-of-the-art computer
systems, security and luxuries are all things Bobby Hanna, a senior
biology major, is happily aware of.
"I'm so excited to be here and see
this," said Hanna, who accidentally set off the security alarm as
she walked through the door, making her the first person to activate the
alarm system. "It looks like a great place and I know the security
Reservations are already pouring in to
the college for the dedication ceremony, which will be held March 30 at
3 p.m. in the Saint Martin's Pavilion, followed by the formal blessing,
reception and open house at the library.
As with any new building, the library
opening brings with it a series of "firsts" for the College
David Suter, professor or religious
studies, was the first faculty member to check out a book and Simon
Mitchell, was the first student to check out a book after the library
was opened for students to use. But James Fulton, a library work-study,
was the first person to check out a book from the new library--a feat
achieved when he checked out "The Reckoning" by Charles
Nicholl to test the library's computer system.
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