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Cornel West Addresses the Challenges of Higher Education Humanities Center Dedicated in Memory of John B. Hurford '60

On Saturday, Oct. 4, during Leadership Weekend 2003, the College community gathered to dedicate the Humanities Center in memory of John B. Hurford ’60, who served on Haverford’s Board of Managers. On hand to unveil the plaque were his wife, Hildegard Hurford, and daughter, Jennifer Hurford ’06. Jennifer delivered a heartfelt speech in honor of her late father at a luncheon held after the dedication.

On Friday night, noted speaker and Princeton professor Cornel West delivered a stirring speech about the challenges facing higher education today—and how value systems are formed during the undergraduate years.


Look for more coverage and photographs from Leadership Weekend in the Fall 2003 issue of Haverford magazine.



Financing and construction plans for the Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center were approved during the October 4-5 Board of Managers meeting. Designed by renowned architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the 100,000-square-foot facility is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $28,000,000. The Center represents Phase I of the College’s two-phase plan to improve and expand team, training, and exercise space on campus.

Over the next three months, construction documents will be prepared, bids sought, and licenses applied for; a formal groundbreaking ceremony is slated for April 23-24, 2004, coinciding with the final Board of Managers meeting of the year. Construction will take an estimated 18 months—the College hopes to play the entire 2005-06 basketball season in the GIAC. Athletic department administrators and coaches will move into the building over winter break of that year.

Many alumni/ae donors and friends gathered on campus Saturday night, Oct. 4, during Leadership Weekend 2003 to celebrate this step forward. The facility is named for Doug Gardner, who died in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center along with fellow athletic alumni Tom Glasser '82 (for whom the Hall of Achievement in the new building will be named) and Calvin Gooding '84 (in whose memory the basketball performance court will be named). Lead donor for the project is Howard Lutnick '83, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and chair of the “Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve” Campaign Executive Committee.

Honored during the Saturday night athletic event were two of the most prominent coaches and administrators in Haverford athletic history. Thanks to generous donors, the Gardner Center’s multipurpose room will be named for longtime coach and athletic director Dana Swan, and the wing adjacent to the Gooding Court will be named for current athletic director and associate dean (and former head baseball coach) Gregory Kannerstein ’63.

If you are interested in obtaining a VHS tape of the Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center event, please call Hilary Bajus at (610) 896-1333 or

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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