Respected Gold Coast couple Dr John F. and Dr Alison Kearney’s contributions towards education will be acknowledged today (October 9) with the opening of Bond University’s refurbished Library, named in their honour.
Preceding the Library opening, Dr Alison Kearney will receive an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her support of Bond University, Australia’s first private not-for-profit university.
The Australian Government donated $1.4 million to Bond University for the library refurbishment through the Better Universities Renewal Fund (BURF).
Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said the Kearneys had been long-time supporters of Bond University.
“The support Bond has received from community members like the Kearneys has played an indelible role in the University celebrating its 20th anniversary this year,’’ said Professor Stable.
“The Kearneys and their peers have recognised the unique role Bond plays in Australia’s university landscape and their contribution is greatly valued.
“John and Alison Kearney’s support of Bond will fittingly be celebrated in the refurbished Library, which will be a focal point for on-campus learning and interaction for students and the broader university community.’’
The new Library will offer the latest in learning facilities including:
- Study booths fitted with large LCD screens to view AV material, create multi-media presentations and facilitate group work.
- Large group study rooms fitted with projection and laptop plug-in facilities to accommodate up to 12 students each.
- Papyrus Cafe – a social nexus and meeting place for students and academics alike.