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Construction of the new 44,500 square-foot Stone Center building was completed in summer 2004. On August 21, 2004, the Center welcomed the University and local communities into the new space.

The opening of the new building comes amidst great expectations, and great expectations require strong support from our alums, friends and other diligent supporters. Your support will help us to build and expand our work in support of the University’s academic mission, and allow us to maintain our social justice initiatives that keep us in touch with communities outside of the campus. More importantly, you will help to fund remaining building projects inside the Center.

There are still several naming opportunities available. Below you will find some of our gifts to date, as well as remaining donor and naming opportunities.

Alumni Gifts

The Jimmy Davis Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
Gift from Jimmy Hitchcock ’94

The Cynthia Thigpen Multimedia Classroom
Gift from Billy ’56 and Janie Armfield

The Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum
Gift from Billy ’56 and Janie Armfield

The W.E.B. and Shirley Graham DuBois Administrative Suite
Gift from Dan and Beth Okun

The Richard Epps Seminar Room
Gift from Jody Osborn ’71

The Atlanta Alliance Multimedia Classroom

The Battle, Newsome and Fall ’74 Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Dance Studio
Gift from Constance Battle ’77, Joretta Durant ’77 and Paula Newsome ’77

The Pamela Nicole Cummings Visiting Artist Fellowship
Gift from alumnus Anthony Wayne Cummings


Naming Opportunities

  • First Floor
    • The Lobby/Gallery
      reception area for visitors ($1 million)
    • The Veranda
      an open-air terrace that will serve as a gathering place for visitors ($350,000)
    • Theater Lobby
      glass encased and only entranceway into the Center’s theater ($200,000)
    • First Floor Office Suite

  • Second Floor
    • Seminar Room
    • Conference Room
    • Computer Lab
      contains 12 workstations
    • Visiting Scholars/Artists-In-Residence office
      (one office at $25,000)
    • Facilities Manager Office
    • Offices
      (two at $25,000)

  • Third Floor
    • The Library and Reading Room
      houses a collection of special reading materials with an emphasis on African-American, Africa and the diaspora in the Americas ($500,000)
    • Visiting Scholars/Artists-In-Residence offices
      (two offices at $25,000 each)
    • Office Suites
      (two at $100,000 each)
    • Offices
      (two at $25,000 each)

Building Layout

(see The Stone Center Building page)

Building designed by: The Freelon Group
Construction company: Clancy and Theys
Number of floors: Three
Square footage: 44,500


Carolina First Campaign
6.5 million endowment goal

Scholarship and Scholarly Initiatives ($2 million) supports:

  • The Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Fellowship and Lecture
  • The African Diaspora Lecture Series
  • Cross-Cultural Communications Institute
  • Sonja Haynes Stone Collegiums
  • Visiting Scholars/Fellows Program
  • Resident Scholar

Social Justice Outreach and Community Programs ($1 million)

  • Communiversity Youth Programs
  • Rural Communities Development Project
  • Sonja Haynes Stone Community Scholars Program

Cultural Programming ($1,250,000)

  • Authors and Poets Readers Series
  • African Diaspora Film Festival
  • Hekima Reading Circle
  • Sauti Mpya (literary magazine)

Art Endowment Fund ($750,000)

    Will provide for the acquisition and maintenance of items that will be displayed throughout the building including art, artifacts and photographs. It will also support exhibits that highlight cultural and historical topics.

Library Fund ($1 million)

    Supports acquisition of texts, specialized materials and other resources in African Studies for the 10,000-volume library.

Donations and gifts to the Stone Center support our cultural programming and allow us to fully address all aspects of our mission. If you want your gift to support a particular Stone Center Program, please be sure to note your designation in the “Other Instructions,” box on the “gift” Web page.

For more information on how you can make a gift, contact Tim Minor at (919) 962-2012.

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