Dear Alumni and Friends,
2018 has signified a time of change at Rider, highlighted by the launch of a variety of initiatives outlined in our new strategic plan and campus facilities master plan.
One of the most visibly dramatic changes coming to our campus will begin this summer when we revamp the Bart Luedeke Center. The original concrete steps will be removed entirely and replaced with a modern plaza, new lobby and entrance on the ground floor. At the same time, we’ll start renovations to several residence halls, which will be revitalized with modernized bathrooms, air conditioning and power upgrades.
Academic buildings will also receive significant upgrades this year. Due to the growth in science-related majors, more than 8,000-square-feet of the Science and Technology Center will be remodeled into eight new science-focused instructional spaces, including new equipment and facilities. Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall will receive an upgrade to its classrooms, offices and common areas.
The campus renovations represent mere stepping stones on our path to strengthening Rider’s commitment to students. We know that by improving their living and learning environment, students’ academic and personal growth will continue to flourish, preparing them to contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.
I also want to share some sad news with you. Dean Emeritus Walter A. Brower ’48, a chronicler of Rider history who made an indelible mark on the institution he cherished as a student, professor and dean, passed away on Feb. 3. He was 91.
Brower’s association with Rider lasted more than 60 years. He earned a reputation as a historian of the University, the result of two books that told the story of Rider from its founding through 1994.
You can help honor Walt’s memory by making a gift to the Walter A. Brower ’48 Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to University Advancement, Library-137, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099.
Walt was one of the University’s closest friends, and his compassion, wisdom and dedication to his alma mater benefited Rider for decades. It has often been said that Walt was the epitome of Rider. That legacy will live on through his work and in the fond memories of all who knew him.
Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D.
President, Rider University