Keene faculty center opens
 Keene faculty center history
 A new place for faculty


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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
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Creation Date: November 1998
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    Keene faculty center opens
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    Keene faculty center history
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    A new place for faculty
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Finally, A Faculty Center
This special edition of CLAS
10note co mmI mi ei0 a[ce [lie dedica-
1tion o .111 li11npotuIall new i1cilirv I oi
CLAS. The Kecne Factilr1 Clcnci
ctler, .1n example orio many aceCt, ca

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g0.ind fCiltr CellteI. a.nd thie Keene,
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laiict .ind Ken Iicli KIccne Cearn OLII
deeper t gir.ii de tI clicl enillihtelled
philaidliropy d[l.t i[ directed to tLlI-
deint, I iCLul r. anid hiistoric icno, VonI0
oI LTF buildiidl g,. The total ILIIls O1
[heC li cllale [00o Iillelotl [o detall
heiIe. The project dliat \ec litooii today,
rhie Keeni Faculty Ccntei will ,tllll tl-
late cholarlv eclialige aind lea.iiiiin
dltilrough die iiiain dive\re actil\itiCe
lha.t will bloo .i and piospeel wvichii
its w calls.
N Ill [lihanks to hde Kccne, for
their generosiiv and \.arm fi iendship
to CLAS5.


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Keene Faculty Center Opens
Dedication Ceremony Held Today

The newly renovated Keene Faculty Center (above) was
built in 1936 as the University's Banquet Hall.

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CIOtilv pl0\uided Luind, co
the College of Libeial Ai t and Sci-
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nceded 1ItacEl ccncci. Tie Coin-
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and mechalnical woik in Nc.I, pa.c.
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a1nd badllioom laciliieCI and I much
cinlaiged \Cilonl ot [le oiiginal
Tl1hank 0 [C de Ke ens. [ie n1ewc
Itactdl Cieici piomi tis\c [0 b boe oi .
[c[a.imcI[ tco dlie p.las .ind .1 ceni .ial
p.aiI of Liculr aind un cl\eli[1 litc a.A
CLAS tfo \ca.ii [to come.

Ken and Janet Keene (left) have
given generously to the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences. In
addition to funding the Keene
Faculty Center, they have donated
$3 million toward renovating Keene-
Flint Hall, established a scholarship
endowment for undergraduates and
a fellowship for graduate students.

Will IiiriI-Ml, 1 kI.l
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Keene Faculty Cent(

The University Banquet Hall, later
known as the Florida Union Social
Room, has gone through many changes
in usage. In the upper left corner of
this photograph of a 1962 Union print
sale (above) part of the banquet hall's
original balcony is visible. After the
room was converted to a language
lab in 1970 (below) the balcony was
completely removed. In the new Keene
Faculty Center, the balcony has been
restored and enlarged.


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Although the Keene Faculty Center opens its doors
space it occupies has a long and diverse history. Built in thi
sity's Banquet Hall, this elegant room-the upper portion (
building-was attached to the original Florida Union (Dau
University Dining Hall (also known as The Commons and
on the west.
As one of the earliest directors of the Florida Unio
a lot of activity in the old Banquet Hall. "When the build
says Rion, "the basement portion was used as a short order
upper portion was used for banquets. It was a pretty room
great multi-purpose facility.... It featured chandeliers left o
University Auditorium."
During WWII, Army officers-in-training lived in L
the room as a mess hall. After the War, the Banquet Hall ,
ignated part of the Union and became known as the Florid;
Room. Although most large University dinner events shift<
its construction in 1950, UF still used the Union Social Ro
hall on occasion, most notably for the annual Caribbean C,
50s and 60s the Social Room was used for a variety of stud<
information fairs, student elections and pep rallies. "We hc
dances there almost every Friday night," explains Rion, "an,
outside for the larger crowds." Social Room parties often ft
piece band that played from the balcony down to guests an
One of the more interesting and regular activities h
Room, according to Rion, was the annual series of internal
"These student-planned dinners were held once a month oi
"and featured food, artifacts, music and speakers from a cer
Students wore traditional dress and exhibited great pride in
homelands. For more than a decade, these high-profile eve
dent/faculty involvement."
After the Florida Union (now the J. Wayne Reitz U
location on Museum Road in 1967, Dauer Hall was turne,
eral Arts and Sciences to help provide badly needed space fi
and departments. From 1970 until 1997, the Social Room
S tory, complete with nearly 50 listening stations.
When the preservation-minded Keenes stepped for
structure last year, their interests fit perfectly with the broac
CLAS. This project both restores a beautiful room to its or
it squarely back into the center of campus life. "Since for n
cant nonacademic gathering space for students," says Rion,
once again used to enhance out-of-the classroom collegialit
who really need such a space."%

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for the first time today, the
late 1930s as the Univer-
f a two-story Food Services
er Hall) on the east, and the
later named Johnson Hall)

i, William E. Rion has seen
ng opened in 1936 or '37,"
cafe and bookstore while the
," Rion continues, "and a
ver from the construction of

F dorms and used
as officially des- -
i Union Social
,d to the Hub after
om as a banquet
)nference. In the t
,nt activities like
Id smaller campus
1 street dances right
:atured a three-
I dancers below.
Ad in the Social
onal dinners.
so," he recalls,
rain country.
sharing the culture of their
ats provided significant stu-

nion) moved to its current
1 over to the College of Lib-
)r faculty offices, classrooms
served as a language labora-

vard to help renovate the
[ historic renovation plans of
iginal dignity and re-inserts
lany decades it was a signifi-
"it's nice to see this room
--and this time for faculty,

WVlliam E. Rion, Director
Florida Union/J. Wayne
Reitz Union (1948-1986)

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A New Place for Faculty

In Their Own Words

Thanks to the generosity of the Keenes, the
faculty have a stately and elegant Center to
encourage the informal intellectual exchanges
and conversations which stimulate innovation
and scholarship. It will quickly become central
to campus life. since it will serve as a versatile
facility for scholarly activity and associated
academic events, including conferences.
symposia, performances, receptions, and
-Joe Glover, CLAS Associate Dean
for Faculty Affairs

It will be wonderful for faculty to have a place
to go to read journals or just to get out of their
office environments and into a comfortable.
beautiful space. The Center could be used
for symposia, concerts and small intimate
performances for faculty and UF groups.
and it would be an ideal place to take visiting
professors and job candidates.
-Marcia Isaacson, Fine Arts

This is a wonderfully generous and well-directed
gift. For the tventy-five years that I have taught
here I've wondered why a major university had
nothing for the faculty in the way of a center or
club. it seemed utterly anomalous. The Keene
Faculty Center fills this gap admirably, and the
Keenes deserve our profound gratitude for their
thoughtfulness and support.
-Alistair Duckworth, English

Keene Faculty Center

Advisory Board

An advisory board will help shape the Center's
function and usage. The board, appointed by
the Dean and chaired by the Associate Dean
for Faculty Affairs, will consist of nine faculty
members from CLAS (three from each division)
and one or two faculty members from other UF

1998-99 Board

Alistair Duckworth
Fred Gregory
Sheila Dickison
John Moore
Richard Scher
Joann Mossa
Alice Harmon
Chuck Hooper
Bernard Mair
Marcia Isaacson
Joe Glover, Chair

Political Science
Fine Arts
College Office