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University of Denver receives naming gift for new library and student learning hub

January 22, 2013—The University of Denver has received a lead naming gift from Boston venture capitalist and alumnus Ed Anderson and his wife, Linda Cabot. The undisclosed donation will fund the University's new library, the Anderson Academic Commons, an academic hub in the heart of the campus scheduled to open in March.

Built on the site of the former Penrose Library, the Anderson Academic Commons will serve as a 21st century facility for collaboration. It will house the Main Library, consisting of the Penrose Collection and traditional library services, as well as the library's Research Center and Digital Media Center. Further, the Academic Commons will house key high-use academic support services including the Writing Center and the Writing Program offices, the Math Center, the Technology help center and the University's Office of Teaching and Learning. The grouping of library collections and services with these academic success centers will facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction to increase the depth and effectiveness of student learning.

The light-filled, 154,223 gross square foot energy-efficient space will be configured with numerous rooms for group study and project work, seating for more than 1,850 students, quiet study areas, and technologically-advanced services and support. The Anderson Academic Commons is designed to facilitate a new learning model—one based on connectivity and collaboration.

"It's a great place for students to come together in a very elegant building, with incredible views of the mountains—the soul of Colorado," says Anderson. "They will be able to do great reading, great research, attend great seminars and discuss both in class and casual setting what they've learned. It will hopefully open up new opportunities for them,"

Nancy Allen, dean and director of University Libraries said, "The Anderson Academic Commons will truly enable the University of Denver to bring the library of the future to today's students and faculty, supporting learning in many ways, and highlighting collaborative programs featuring research and information services, writing, technology, math, and the best of pedagogy support for teaching and learning."

Anderson, founder of Boston's North Bridge Venture Partners, is a University of Denver trustee and a 1971 graduate of the University of Denver in Advertising Design and a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has served as an investor and director in some of the communications industry's most successful start-up companies. Anderson and his wife, Linda Cabot, an artist and documentary filmmaker, are supporters of many educational causes, including summer enrichment programs for underprivileged children, and charter and secondary schools. Anderson hopes that their gift to the Academic Commons project will motivate his University of Denver peers to give meaningful gifts as well.

The Anderson Academic Commons will open to the University of Denver community and the public beginning March 25.

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Contact: Jordan Ames
Email: jordan.ames@du.edu
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