New alumni center named for John Monroe J. Holliday
Citadel alumni will have a new home beginning today with the official dedication of the John Monroe Johnson Holliday Alumni Center on Hagood Avenue. The new 30,000-square-foot facility is named in honor of a member of the Class of 1936 who served on The Citadel Board of Visitors for more than 30 years and, in 1992, gave the lead gift to build a center for alumni.
Groundbreaking for the Holliday Alumni Center took place almost two years ago. And while construction is not yet completed, the Alumni Association intends to make the center one of Charleston's premier places for receptions, banquets and other gatherings.
The Holliday Alumni Center houses alumni and fundraising organizations for The Citadel as well as a gift shop, visitors center, library, catering kitchen, banquet hall and two courtyards. In addition to its alumni functions, the center will fill an immediate need by providing a staging area for the thousands of visitors who come to the campus each year in busses, vans and cars.
Fundraising for the facility is going well according to Alumni Association Executive Director Bubba Kennedy who said that donations have increased steadily as the building has taken shape. Fundraising for the $3.5 million facility has included the purchase of bricks inscribed with the names of classes, alumni or friends who are being honored through donations.
The Holliday Alumni Center is an obvious point of pride for Association President Bob Schivera '69, and the co-chairmen of the building committee, Carroll LeTellier '49 and Bobby Scarborough '50. The entire center will remain open this fall to host alumni during football season. After the final home football game, the back part of the center including the old National Guard Armory will be closed so that it can be converted into the Courvoisie Banquet Hall.
Following are the named rooms in the Holliday Alumni Center:
THE MCKISSICK LIBRARY -- Named for A. Foster McKissick, III '78 of Greenville, the library will contain Citadel yearbooks, copies of books by alumni authors and other collectibles. The focal point of the library will be the wood and glass doors etched with cadets from the 1800s and today.
THE RENKEN DINING ROOM -- Adjacent to the banquet hall, the Renken Dining Room will be a gathering place for special dinners, receptions and important meetings. The room will lead into the private, walled Tilghman Courtyard. The room is sponsored by Carl E. Renken '58 and his wife, Helen, of Charleston in memory of Carl's brothers, Ralph E. Renken '54 and R. Kenneth Renken '48.
THE COURVOISIE BANQUET HALL -- One of the largest named areas in the Holliday Alumni Center, the Courvoisie Banquet Hall is a tribute to the assistant commandant affectionately known as "The Boo." Thomas N. Courvoisie '38 of Charleston touched the lives of many Citadel graduates. The effort to raise more than $250,000 to complete the banquet hall is being led by Pat Controy '67, Charles Eiserhardt, Jr '68 and Gregg Smith '70.
THE TILGHMAN COURTYARD -- Enclosed with stucco walls and wrought iron gates which reflect the Spanish-Moorish architecture of the campus, the Tilghman Courtyard will be a favorite spot for quiet reflection. The courtyard honors the memory of the late Horace L. Tilghman '41. THE
ALUMNI COURTYARD AND MEMORIAL WALL -- Located between the Courvoisie Banquet Hall and the Corps of Engineers Building, the Alumni Courtyard will feature the red-and-white checkerboard design reminiscent of the quadrangles in cadet barracks. Many of the bricks will be engraved with the names of alumni, friends, cadets and others who are showing their support of the Holliday Alumni Center.