Oregon State University will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 2 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room to gather community input on new potential names for three campus buildings.
University President Ed Ray decided in November to rename Benton Hall, the Benton Annex and Avery Lodge after a lengthy examination of the racial legacies of the buildings’ namesakes. Ray also decided not to rename Gill Coliseum or Arnold Dining Center.
The university is currently accepting submissions for ideas for potential names for the new buildings online, at https://bit.ly/2GeLNfH. A press release from the university said a committee for each building to be renamed will evaluate names and present top choices at the meeting.
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Steve Clark, OSU’s vice president of marketing and university relations, told the Gazette-Times in February that following the public meeting, the committees will each make recommendations for new names to OSU’s Architectural Naming Committee, which Clark chairs.
The release said Clark’s committee would then make a recommendation to Ray in mid-April, and Ray would announce his decision on the new names for the buildings in late April.