The News Service
Meeting of the Corporation
Brown establishes Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University has established a new Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World that will unite and expand a number of excellent programs in ancient studies and further establish Brown's reputation as a national leader in the field. The Brown Corporation also selected the site for a new campus fitness center and accepted a number of significant gifts.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University today (Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004) announced the establishment of a new Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World that will allow the University to build on its long-standing excellence in the field of the ancient studies.
The Corporation also announced a major gift from Artemis A.W. Joukowsky '55, LLD '85, P '87, chancellor emeritus of the University, and Martha Sharp Joukowsky '58, LHD '85, P '87, professor emerita of Old World archaeology and art. The Joukowskys’ leadership gift will establish and endow the institute and support it as it develops its programs and begins to attract additional faculty. An additional gift will also help support the renovation and expansion of Rhode Island Hall as a permanent home for the institute on The College Green.
“This magnificent gift and the institute it establishes will guarantee that archaeological field work, inquiry, analysis and education will flourish at Brown,” said Brown President Ruth J. Simmons, speaking to the Corporation at dinner on Friday. “The initiative positions the University for a new role as a national leader in the archaeology of the ancient world.”
The University’s work in ancient studies has been carried out in several academic departments, including classics, anthropology, Egyptology, religious studies, history of mathematics and others, and through the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art. As part of Brown’s Plan for Academic Enrichment, the University will be increasing its investment in ancient studies, including an expansion of faculty. The Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, which will replace the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art, will allow the University to expand and solidify its programs, to better support faculty and graduate students and to enhance multidisciplinary approaches to the study of the ancient world.
Nelson Fitness Center
On Tuesday, Sept. 7, during remarks at the University’s Opening Convocation, President Ruth J. Simmons announced that three alumni had given a total of $20 million in support of a new campus fitness center. At its meeting today, the Corporation approved a site for the new Nelson Fitness Center.
Although the exact position and building footprint have not yet been determined, the center will be built within the Wendell R. Erickson ’19 Athletic Complex, in a site bounded by Hope Street, the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, the Pizzitola Sports Center, Meehan Auditorium and the Smith Swim Center.
University policy and practice requires that all major gifts, including all gifts of $1 million or more, be presented directly to the Corporation for formal acceptance. In addition to the gifts in support of the Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and the Nelson Fitness Center, the Corporation accepted or ratified earlier Advisory and Executive Committee acceptance of the following gifts in support of the University’s Plan for Academic Enrichment: