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The Main Event

Alumni now have a place to call their own. In September, the University completed the Surkamp Family Welcome Center located inside the Alumni Center on Dana Avenue. The glass-enclosed center acts as a hub for visiting alumni and dignitaries, and creates additional campus meeting space. The lounge area—replete with chairs, computers, phones and a large-screen plasma television—is adjacent to a 20-person conference room available for alumni meetings, seminars and workshops. On display are photographs of Xavier’s campus throughout the years so alumni can reminisce and still feel connected to their alma mater.

“This has been in talks for many years and now, finally, it’s like a dream come true,” says Joe Ventura, executive director for the national alumni association. “Alumni have a place to go to feel like they’re home.”

The University opened the center by honoring Phil and Beth Gasiewicz, who donated the funds, and Beth’s parents, Dick and Betty Surkamp.

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