Emory & Henry, which has had a proud legacy of changing lives for nearly two centuries, is preparing for life-changing performances, both on stage and on the playing field. And as it helps students prepare for life's performances, Emory & Henry is setting the stage for its own future.
Prelude to Performance is a campaign to raise money for the construction and improvement of two “stages” on which E&H students perform most visibly – a $17 million facility for the arts and a $5.5 million enhancement to the College football stadium. This campaign seeks the resources to showcase student talents, enhance the student experience, reach out to the community, and build support for even greater growth at the College.
“Emory & Henry is a treasure,” said President Reichard. “I hear that again and again from alumni, friends of the College and people in the community. This campaign is about putting that treasure on display and reminding these people in a more visible way of the many ways that their College is changing lives for students.”
On April 19, 2013, Emory & Henry will break ground on the Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts. The new center willl consist of 40,000 square feet of space for a 450-seat theater, a proscenium stage, a fly system for scene changes, a 150-seat Black Box theater, dressing rooms, production areas, gallery space, and a three-dimensional design studio. Reflecting architectural elements of the Georgian style that prevails on the historic E&H campus, the design for the two-story brick facility calls for an expansive columned portico, large windows and broad staircases. The facility also features handicap accessibility.
In 2012, Emory & Henry completed construction on the James H. Brooks Field House, finishing an enhancement to the Fred Selfe Athletic Stadium that began in 2008. Improvements to the stadium, which is named in honor of a former athletic director, include artificial turf for Fullerton Field, making it available for soccer competitions, intramural sports and baseball practices. Other improvements include upgrades to home and visitor seats; lighting for night play; a new press box and ticket booth; a brick wall to enclose the field; and a decorative fence to surround the stadium; the new James H. Brooks Field House includes locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices and attractive lounge areas overlooking the football field.