began as a dream long in coming, but the Sonja Haynes
Stone Center now stands as a monument to a dream
It was dedicated
Aug. 21 before more than 500 guests who joined with
the Stone family and University officials to celebrate
the occasion. Paid for by private donations, the
center will serve as an academic and cultural arts
building for all students, faculty and citizens
of North Carolina, said Chancellor James Moeser.
contains a 360-seat theater, a dance studio, a multipurpose
room, an art gallery and museum, two classrooms,
two seminar rooms, a library, a computer lab and
offices for administrators and researchers.
But it also
captures the spirit of a wonderful teacher and mentor,
Moeser said. Stone came to the University in 1974
as director of the Curriculum of African-American
studies and advocated for a center for much of her
tenure. She died in 1991. "Great teachers are what
make this University so memorable, not only to students
but to its alumni," Moeser said. "This center is
the physical legacy to a great teacher."