In the spring of 2022, a vibrant new green space will make its way to the heart of campus, transforming a parking circle into a lively outdoor landscape where students can enjoy a variety of social, recreational, academic and artistic activities. The campus beautification project is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Joseph M. Murphy ’59, ’83H and his late wife, JoAnn M. Murphy ’98H, the first female trustee emeritus.
Complete with benches, trees, stone walkways and a terrace area, the focus of the Murphy Green will be a gorgeous lawn. The space will also include seating built into East Hill, which will provide a dramatic setting for outdoor performances, poetry readings and outdoor classes. Statistically, campus green spaces correlate with a higher quality of life and higher cognitive and academic performance, making this vision even more relevant. Construction will begin in summer 2021 and be completed in spring 2022.