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"LaRiv" Ribbon Cutting in 1999

Posted December 13, 2012


[View our online historic photo archives.] On April 11, 2010, with the help of an Alumni Association grant, the LaRiviere Living and Learning Center held a celebration in honor of its 10th anniversary. Above is a photo from residence hall’s dedication in August of 1999. Pictured are then-Trustee Chairman Thomas R. Burton ’70, President Anthony S. Caprio, Marian LaRiviere, and Trustee Alfred A. LaRiviere ’51/H’95/H’01. Al LaRiviere died on July 17, 2010, at the age of 93. The LaRivieres, who have four endowed scholarships named for them, have been longtime benefactors of the University.

The $7 million LaRiviere Living and Learning Center, known by students as “LaRiv,” was designed to allow students to work more closely with faculty and staff, while incorporating experiences outside of the classroom into their living environment.

Al LaRiviere, a Trustee for more than three decades, was known for his luminous personality and tireless commitment to his alma mater.


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