Alumni bricks stored, plans up in the air
You can buy a brick for less than 50 cents at Lowe’s, but University alumni have paid up to 200 times that for the commemorative red bricks that until recently made up the walkway in front of the Donaghey Student Center. You know, the ones you have likely tripped on a time or two.
With demolition of the walkway and parking lot making way for the student services one-stop center, you might be asking yourself—What happened to the costly bricks?
Rest assured they have not been destroyed in the demolition. According to David Millay, associate vice chancellor of facilities management, the bricks are being stored on campus at one of UALR’s storage facilities.
The Alumni Association’s communication committee is working to develop ideas on what to do with the bricks. But they will come back in some form or fashion, Derek Boyce, volunteer coordinator for UALR’s Alumni Association told The Forum.
“We don’t know if it will be a walkway… a patio area or wall,” Boyce said. He assured, “No names will be lost.”
Seniors graduating this spring who want their names etched on campus, may want to consider buying a brick with their name on it upon graduation. New graduates can buy a brick for $50, while general purchase bricks are $100.
Alumni who graduated before 2000 purchased red bricks that previously lined the DSC’s north side. Alumni graduating post 2000 purchase grey bricks that will be incorporated into the patio area behind the Bailey Center.