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Dartmouth to dedicate two new buildings on successive days: Kemeny Hall, on Nov. 3; and the Haldeman Center, on Nov. 4

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/01/06 • Roland Adams • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth College will dedicate two new instructional facilities in separate ceremonies this week: Kemeny Hall on Friday, Nov. 3 and the Haldeman Center on Saturday, Nov. 4. The buildings are located just north of Baker-Berry Library on North Main Street and are connected to each other.

Kemeny Hall reunites the mathematics department - until now spread among three campus buildings - and honors the late John G. Kemeny, a former mathematics professor and President of Dartmouth from 1970-81. The Kemeny Hall dedication ceremony on Nov. 3 will begin at 4 p.m. in Novack Café, Baker-Berry Library. Dean of the Faculty Carol L. Folt will preside. A reception and tours of the facility follow.

The Haldeman Center houses the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics, enhancing opportunities among the three centers for interdisciplinary initiatives. The Haldeman Center will also provide conference space for departments and programs throughout the College. The Haldeman Center dedication ceremony on Nov. 4 begins at 11 a.m. with an open house and tours of the building. A dedication ceremony follows at noon in Novack Café. Provost Barry P. Scherr will preside.

"Education at Dartmouth is a collaborative enterprise," said Dartmouth President James Wright. "The opening of these two integrated facilities takes the concept of intellectual collaboration to a new level."

For Barbara and Charles E. "Ed" Haldeman (a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth), whose gift names the Haldeman Center, the new facility provides a way to honor Ed Haldeman's parents, Charles E. and Betty Jane Haldeman. "Neither of my parents was able to go to college, for economic reasons," Ed Haldeman noted. "But they had hopes, as did so many Americans of their generation, that if they worked hard their children would be able to attend. This gift recognizes what they did for me, and what other parents are doing, even today."

Haldeman, of Haverford, Pennsylvania, is president and chief executive officer of Putnam Investments. He currently serves as a trustee of Dartmouth College and is a member of Partners HealthCare Systems Investment Committee. The Haldemans have three children: Matthew, a 2002 graduate of Williams College, Charlotte, a 2003 graduate of Dartmouth, and Catherine, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2008.

Construction of Kemeny Hall was supported by a $1-million challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. Nearly 2,000 alumni and friends contributed $10.7 million during the 15-month challenge period to secure the grant.

John Kemeny joined the mathematics faculty at Dartmouth in 1953 after having studied mathematics and philosophy at Princeton University, where he served as a graduate assistant to Albert Einstein. In the early 1960s he and Dartmouth colleague Thomas Kurtz developed a pioneering computer language, BASIC (Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), and the world's first widely used time-sharing system, which gave users simultaneous access to a central computer. As the 13th president of Dartmouth, he oversaw profound changes in the institution: the transition to coeducation, a reemphasis on recruitment of students of color, the renewal of a charter commitment to Native American education, and the guarantee of financial aid to meet the full needs of all admitted students. Kemeny died in 1992.

"Just as John Kemeny helped transform mathematics at Dartmouth and computing worldwide, Kemeny Hall will have a profound impact," said Provost Barry Scherr. "By putting the math department back under one roof, with technologically up-to-date facilities, we are putting our faculty and students on a path to advance knowledge for all."

Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center are two of several major campus additions completed during the fall of 2006. The McLaughlin Residential Cluster and Tuck Mall Residence Halls, which together house more than 500 students, were dedicated on Sept. 19. The MacLean Engineering Sciences Center at Thayer School of Engineering was dedicated on Sept. 29.

The two buildings address major priorities in the $1.3-billion Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience, the largest fund-raising effort in Dartmouth history. The College is seeking investment in four initiatives: to advance leading-edge teaching and scholarship, to enhance residential and campus life, to more fully endow its financial aid program, and to raise unrestricted dollars. The campaign is institution-wide, funding needs in its undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, as well as its three professional schools: Dartmouth Medical School, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

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