Meshach Roberts | Contributing Writer
Alumni will be able to visit not only their old dorms, but also their own alumni building. The new alumni building, also known as Moorings Hall, was home to many during their stay at Hampton University. Today it is home to former students as well as other Hampton University alumnus.
Hampton University recently finished developing the historic building which is located between the waterfront and Mcgrew Towers. The first floor of the building will have a dedicated space for alumni to host small gatherings and receptions while the second floor will consist of office space for the Office of Alumni Affairs.
Hampton University strives to keep connection with its alumni network to strengthen the support from alumnus. Alumni support benefits the students as well as the university. Dr. Kwame Brown, an Assistant Professor in the psychology department at Hampton University and a Hampton University alum, stated “Universities would fail without alumni support.
Larger Universities like Harvard and Yale get much of their funding from alumni donations. Many universities are closing because of the lack of alumni support along with federal funding”.
Alumni support and connections are also important to the current students and future alumni who would like to stay in contact with their peers. Kristopher Crichlow, a junior psychology major, from Brooklyn, New York agreed saying “I would probably only return back to Hampton University for homecoming and alumni events if I knew for sure my friends are going to be there.”
Another important reason for coming back is for the love of one’s alma mater. Alumni’s loyalty and appreciation for their Hampton education causes alumni to continue to give and return year after year.
Regardless of the reason for returning, plenty of alumni can’t wait for the opportunity to see the renovated building. Mrs. Sharon G Fitzgerald, Director of Alumni Affairs, said “Many alumni have posted on social media in excitement to see their old dorm. The university did a great job with the renovations.”
Now, alumni have the opportunity to visit a place meant just for them. In the past, the only place to go for Alumni was the Office of Alumni Affairs., Although the building is finished, the Office of Alumni Affairs is still planning to move into their new building and start use around early November.
The building will open up a new chapter in Hampton University history and will be an important place to visit for those returning to their Home by the Sea.