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Albright Receives $1 Million Gift for Library Renovation



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November 2, 2011

Reading, Pa.  – Albright College has received a gift of $1.25 million from Jeffrey and Cynthia Joyce. Jeffrey Joyce is an Albright College trustee.  One million will go to renovation of the College’s Gingrich Library and creation of a state-of-the-art “Learning Commons.”  The remainder will support the College’s annual fund.

The gift will spearhead the first phase of a planned total library renovation project and will transform the first floor of the existing Administration/Library building, constructed in 1964, into an innovative, learning-centered, student-friendly environment that encourages blended learning and provides flexibility for teaching, learning and collaboration. The Learning Commons combines resources and learning support services into a single convenient location. In addition to electronic and print materials, students will find reference librarians, media specialists and tutors all in one place, along with flexible space for study, meetings and projects.  No date has been set for the project to begin.

“I really look at the library as a central hub of campus and of learning,” Jeffrey Joyce said. “And in today’s age of digital information, electronic media and wifi, students need a flexible space they can personally reconfigure to meet their learning needs. When the current library was built, a the learning environment was much more structured and students learn very differently today.”

“The library is a portal to information and learning,” said Albright president Lex O. McMillan III. “Our current facility is out of date and we envision the new space as an active, vibrant place where students will find resources in close proximity to expert help. We want the library to become the preferred place to meet, work and study. We are delighted and grateful that the Joyces have become champions for this much needed project. ”

Joyce, an Albright trustee since 2008, is executive vice president for Booth Creek Management Corporation in Vail, Colo., a position he has held since 1994.

He received a bachelor of science degree from Albright College in 1983 and a master of business administration degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 1985.   He and his wife, Cindy, reside in Marietta, Ga., with their two children.

“I am excited about the scope of the project and look forward to working with the College on designing and making the Learning Commons a reality,” Joyce said.

The total library renovation project is one of several priority capital projects planned for the College’s next comprehensive campaign.  

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. More than half  of students have dual/individualized majors in as many as 200 different combinations annually. Albright enrolls about 1,660 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.