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Gelman Learning Commons Named for Longtime GW Administrator

Gelman Learning Commons Named for Longtime GW AdministratorThe Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library’s new Learning Commons will be named in honor of George W.G. Stoner, a loyal donor and dedicated staffer who served the university for 45 years. He is credited with bolstering recruitment of students, both nationally and internationally, and helping to develop several key programs, including Colonial Challenge and Alumni Admissions, during his nearly 36 years as director of admissions at GW.

Mr. Stoner, who passed away in December 2010 at age 84, made over 300 outright gifts to GW during his lifetime, most of them supporting Gelman Library. He also designated GW as a beneficiary of his estate, resulting in a $1.875 million gift to support GW’s Librarian Discretionary Fund.

“Many GW alumni had the great pleasure of meeting with Mr. Stoner while we were prospective students,” says Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski, BA ’91, MA ’94, PhD ’97. “But as the man who signed all of our admissions letters for more than 30 years, that letter and his very signature symbolized the official start of the GW experience for generations of new students. It’s most fitting that a space serving current and future GW students on a daily basis should bear his name.”

The new George W. G. Stoner Learning Commons is a state-of-the art cooperative learning space that integrates current technology with design elements requested directly by students. It includes a combination of 60 iMacs and PC virtual desktops with production, specialized statistical, and design software. It also features flatbed scanners, USB charging locations, and a multitude of outlets.

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