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Anderson Cottage to open for alumni and students

Oct 18, 2017
by (Photo) Zach Thomas, ‘00

Flagler College alumni will soon have a place to call home on campus as the new Alumni House at Anderson Cottage prepares to open. Located on Sevilla Street between the Proctor Library and the Ringhaver Student Center, it will be transformed into a central meeting hub for local and visiting alumni.

It will also have a strong focus on students, as the college’s Career Development Center will also move into the former residence. The Alumni Office has already worked closely with the Career Development Center in the past to help mentor students about career opportunities, foster internship and employment opportunities, offer speed networking events and other chances for students to connect with alumni.

“We have successful alumni working all over the country, and it’s easier to set up employment and internship pipelines for our students when we already have someone on the inside at these businesses,” said Margo Thomas, director of Alumni Relations. “So the two offices being together is a very natural fit. Career Development also sees most students before they graduate, and we in the Alumni Office would love to get to know these students better before they leave, too.”

With just over 17,000 alumni, Thomas said the new Alumni House will give alumni a central point to come back to visit the campus. 

“It’s important to keep our graduates connected to their Flagler experience, and to keep them involved and invested in our current students,” she said.

Renovation of the site began this past spring after the college was awarded a $500,000 state grant for preservation and improvement of the building, which was matched by the college. Additionally, nearly $500,000 was raised from generous alumni donors to complete the renovation.

The new Alumni House will include a lounge for alumni to gather, relax and reconnect; meeting space for 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. It is expected to open in late Fall 2017.

Anderson Cottage was built in 1885 and was originally located on King Street, with Henry Flagler moving it to accommodate the construction of the Hotel Ponce de Leon. In 2007, to ensure its preservation, owners Drs. Robert Ellert and JoAnn Crisp-Ellert generously donated the house to Flagler College through their estate plans.

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