A University of Arkansas alumna has pledged to support the renewal of the main library branch. Dorothy Ann Stevenson of Mena has committed to support the effort to renew the David W. Mullins Library.
The university will be naming a third floor study area in the Mullins Library after Stevenson and her late husband. The area will be known as the Dorothy Ann and Ed Stevenson Corridor.
Both Arkansas natives, the Stevensons met while they were students at the University of Arkansas. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education, while Ed received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
According to university officials, the gift will allow for an improved student experience in the library. The gift amount was not specified.
“Gifts like Mrs. Stevenson’s don’t come along every day,” Lynda Coon, interim dean of the University Libraries, said in a statement. “We are overcome by her generosity and couldn’t be happier about this much-needed commitment to the Mullins renewal project. The Dorothy Ann and Ed Stevenson Corridor will be an important and special area where students can relax and focus.”
The first phase of the renewal project, which focuses on Mullins Library’s third and fourth floors, is slated to be completed by the fall 2021 semester. Phase II will focus on the first and second floors to increase seating for group and individual study, increase technology access, add individual restrooms and add natural light.