NAB Supports Campus Transformation Project with $100,000 Pledge
As a show of support for the university's Campus Transformation Project, the National
Alumni Board's (NAB) 24 members pledged $100,000 to construct one of five new campus
entrances. Gateway D, which will now be known as Alumni Gateway, will be located along
Tom Braniff Dr. at the Catherine Drive entrance. The announcement was made during
the NAB's September meeting.
"The NAB is honored and excited to be a part of this transformative project," said
NAB President Mary Rossi Ritter '85. "Alumni Gateway will be a permanent, visible
reminder to current students of the thousands of alumni who have entered this campus
before them, and whose ranks they will someday join."
"Alumni Gateway will be an inspirational symbol of a powerful network of generous
UD alumni who are still very much a part of this university," said Ben Hart, executive
director of development and alumni relations.
The Campus Transformation Project includes construction of an elevated walkway that
provides a more direct route from the University of Dallas DART station to the center
of campus and renovations to the Haggar University Center, as well as the new campus
entrances or gateways.
Visually, the collection of gateways will mimic the feel of existing campus structures
designed by O'Neil Ford, which, for the most part, are unassuming and unadorned, yet
elegant. Each will incorporate masonry pillars constructed of a light-colored brick
similar to that which faces many of the buildings that line Braniff Mall, as well
as natural milsap stone planting beds filled with native shrubs and flowering annuals.
Most will feature copper accents and distinctive monument signage.