- EST. AUGUSTINE — Flagler College alumni will soon have a place to call home on-campus. Anderson Cottage, located at 48 Sevilla St. and between the Proctor Library and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, will be transformed into a central meeting hub for local and visiting alumni.
“Flagler now has over 16,000 alumni, and it’s always an honor to have them back on campus,” said Margo Thomas, director of alumni relations. “It’s important to keep our graduates connected to their Flagler experience, and to keep them involved and invested in our current students.”
Renovation of the site began last year after the college was awarded a $500,000 state grant for preservation and improvement of the building, which will be matched by the college.
The new Alumni House will include a lounge for alumni to gather, relax and reconnect; meeting space for both campus and alumni use; office space for alumni staff; and an indoor reception space that opens onto an outdoor patio and lawn in the center of campus.
The 5,300-square-foot house was built in 1875, and in 2007 was donated to the college by Drs. Robert Ellert and JoAnn Crisp-Ellert to ensure its preservation.
Alumna and president of the Alumni Board of Directors Michelle Olson-Rogers, ’04, expressed her excitement over the college’s new addition.
“This project will bring alumni back to campus, celebrate the talented individuals who bring value to the Flagler degree through their accomplishments, and provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with alumni,” she said. “Flagler has always felt like family, and now we will have a place for alumni to come home to.”
Renovation of the Alumni House is expected to be completed by the end of the year. For more information, or to support the Alumni House campaign, visit here.