Albion College Continues Library Campaign with Gerstacker Leadership Gift

Stockwell Library's front entrance, enhanced in 2011 as part of the Cutler Commons project.Stockwell Library's entrance, enhanced in 2011 during the Cutler Commons project.

Albion College's library renovation project recently received a $1-million grant from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland. The foundation's gift anchors a $6.15-million fundraising campaign now under way for the campus's Stockwell Memorial Library.

"This leadership gift from the Gerstacker Foundation is key to the success of our effort to create in Stockwell Library a 21st-century learning center," said Albion College President Donna Randall. "It will enable Albion to provide students and faculty with dynamic new spaces for teaching and learning throughout the building and enhance access to a broad array of technology and academic services. We are deeply grateful for the foundation's grant which in turn will help us attract additional support for our fundraising campaign."

Campaign Enters Phase II

Stockwell Memorial Library was constructed in 1938 with a gift from alumna Madelon Stockwell Turner. The Gerstacker grant provides the leadership gift for the second phase of the renovation project. In 2011, the initial phase created Cutler Commons on the building’s first floor. Sally Stark Cutler, '75, and her husband Sandy provided major support for the space, which includes numerous high-tech and collaborative work areas and the "Read Between the Grinds" café.

Second-phase renovations will enhance Stockwell as a location for experimental teaching and learning, accomplished through the collaboration of faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, media services, academic support and tutoring. The renovation will provide a a technology “sandbox” space for creative projects, a classroom outfitted with instructional technology that will support innovative approaches to teaching, and more technology-enhanced and comfortable spaces in which students can work and study in groups.

'The Right Tools and Opportunities'

Stockwell will also hold the future John S. Ludington Career and Internship Center, named in memory of the 1951 Albion alumnus who was a longtime trustee and benefactor for the College.

"With rapid technological and economic changes taking place in the job market," observed President Randall, "we know we must adapt in order to provide students with the right tools and opportunities needed for their development as knowledgeable and skilled professionals. These enhancements in our career services will ensure that our students will continue to be competitive applicants for employment and graduate study and that they can chart a career path that is meaningful for them and for society."

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation provides continuing financial support to non-profit organizations in the Cleveland area, the Midland area, greater Michigan and communities where major Dow Chemical Co. operations are located.

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Cutler Commons, on Stockwell Library’s first level, was created in Phase I of  the renovation project. Under Phase II, the book and other collections  will be moved from Stockwell to the Mudd building and the current tiers  will be removed, making way for a four-story atrium.Cutler Commons, on Stockwell Library's first level, was created in Phase I of the renovation project. Under Phase II, the book and other collections will be moved from Stockwell to the Mudd building and the current tiers will be removed, making way for a four-story atrium. (Click on all floor plan images to enlarge.)

The library’s lower level will feature a multimedia “sandbox” classroom for  experimental projects. An adjacent classroom will support development  of innovative uses of technology in teaching. Also included is the John  S. Ludington Career and Internship Center, housing the Office of Career  Development.The lower level will feature a multimedia "sandbox" classroom for experimental projects. An adjacent classroom will support development of innovative uses of technology in teaching. Also included is the John S. Ludington Career and Internship Center, housing the Office of Career Development.

The Wendell Will Room, relocated to the second level's east end, will  continue as a special event space for the campus community, as well as a faculty reading room.The Wendell Will Room, relocated to the second level's east end, will continue as a special event space for the campus community, as well as a faculty reading room.

The study areas on the third level will overlook the atrium filled with natural light.The study areas on the third level will overlook the atrium filled with natural light.