The new entryway plaza was dedicated during Homecoming and Family Weekend on Sept. 30. Named after Phyllis Bornt ’51, the plaza was funded through a gift from her estate. Bornt, an English major at Central, worked in the public library in Schenectady, N.Y., for 35 years. At the dedication, President Mark Putnam said Bornt “fully embodied the ethos of the Central College experience.”
The new plaza will be a “gathering space” for the Central community, said Putnam. It features sustainable design elements, including rain gardens, native plants and state-of-the-art LED lighting.
The summer’s renovations also included placing Central College signs on the corners of campus. The sign on the corner of University and 4th West Streets is dedicated in memory of Maxine Huffman, professor emerita of English. She taught in the English and biology departments at Central for over 40 years.
The board of trustees honored chairman emeritus Dave Wesselink ’64 by dedicating the sign on the corner of Broadway and University in his name.