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Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Emerson Alumni Hall

University of Florida

Emerson Alumni Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
1. Emerson Alumni Hall Marker
Emerson Alumni Hall is made possible by William “Bill” and Jane Emerson, both of whom epitomize the Gator spirit. Their vision was that “Emerson Alumni Hall assist young people into the future and help many alumni find their way back to the present. It should remind us all of the matchless value of our experience at the University of Florida and inspire us to want to give back something of what we gained here.”

Jane attended classes before UF officially became coeducational, while Bill worked toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration. As a young married couple, they lived in Flavet Village alongside other married World War II veterans .Bill was a committed student, active in Florida Blue Key and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Upon graduating in 1946, Bill joined Merrill Lynch, retiring 40 years later as the senior vice president and national sales director. However, the Emersons never strayed far from their alma mater. Bill served as president of the UF Foundation Board of Directors and received UF’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989.

The Emersons provided a transformational
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gift to construct a much-needed alumni building. Emerson Alumni Hall opened its doors to the Gator Nation in 2002. Dubbed by then-UF President Charles Young as “the living room of the University of Florida,” the building provides multi-use meeting space for alumni, faculty, retired faculty, staff and students. It has become an architectural and campus landmark.

UF is grateful to Bill and Jane Emerson for their generous philanthropy and foresight to provide this important resource to Gators for many generations to come.
Erected by University of Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 2002.
Location. 29° 39.139′ N, 82° 20.961′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on West University Avenue (Florida Route 26) east of Gale Lemerand Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1938 W University Ave, Gainesville FL 32603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Israel in Your Backyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida Field (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Murphree Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gatorade's Birthplace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Hall
Emerson Alumni Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
2. Emerson Alumni Hall Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Dale Van Sickel (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles Bachman (approx. ¼ mile away); Ray Graves (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Albert and Alberta Statues image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
3. Albert and Alberta Statues
Official mascots of the University of Florida, located in the Emerson Alumni Hall courtyard
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 3, 2023