The Tsotsis building is officially open

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Clear blue skies and warm weather set the stage perfectly for the ceremonial ribbon cutting of Assumption’s newest building. Last Friday, October 20, the Tsotsis Family Academic Center was officially opened after nearly 18 months of construction.

The 62,000 square foot building is hard to miss on campus. With its stained glass windows and tall facade, it was a picture perfect site on that beautiful October Friday.

Members of Assumption’s faculty, student body, colleagues, distinguished guests, and the general public were invited to celebrate the finished academic building with a ceremonious ribbon cutting and an open house proceeding.

An exceptionally large turnout stood outside the piazza as Reverend Dennis Gallagher said an opening prayer and spoke about the need for this new building. Assumption President, Francesco Cesareo, also discussed the impact the building will have on the community. With its high-tech classrooms and faculty space, ballroom, and 400-seat performance hall, the school has never had an area so accommodating to large groups of people.

“The ribbon cutting ceremony was more than the official opening of the new, state-of-the-art Tsotsis Family Academic Center,” said Cesareo after the ceremony. “It was an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate a significant accomplishment and participate in an historic moment of transformation for the College.”

President Cesareo also spoke about the impact the Tsotsis family, as well as the other donors, made on the school. With a donation of about $14.4 million dollars, the second largest gift in Assumption’s history, the Tsotsis family has generously made it possible to expand classrooms and create much needed office space.

Michael Tsotsis, Trustee Emeritus to the project, proclaimed his vision of the “building as a family legacy,” and hopes that the school will use this new resource in as many ways as it can. The Tsotsis family, including his wife Dorothy and his children, stood proudly behind the

podium as Michael spoke about the legacy he hopes to achieve.

Beginning in April of 2016, Lauring Construction, based here in Worcester, has been hard at work trying to meet the deadline for the big event. To the very last minute, work still needed to be done to make the place look picture-perfect for the ceremony.

Michael K. Guilfoyle, executive director of communications, had no doubts it would all come together. “The College had full confidence in the construction crews that the building and piazza would be complete in advance of the ribbon cutting ceremony.”

The Tsotsis family, along with President Cesareo and distinguished guests, cut the purple ribbon together on the steps of the building in front of the crowd. Guests were invited inside to view the inside of the brand new academic center.A string of classical music echoed from the top of the grand staircase, as onlookers toured the building. Refreshments were offered in the Atrium, along with a view of the massive stained glass windows throughout the entrance way.

To highlight Assumption’s musical talent, guests got a chance to listen to Chorale and VOCE rehearse. The student band, brass ensemble and jazz band also performed in the Curtis

Performance Hall throughout the open house. Assumption sophomore, Nicole Duquette, attended the ceremony to show her support for the building. “I went on tours during high school and saw the progress just barely being made,” says Duquette. “It’s exciting that it’s finally done and over with.”

Guilfoyle, who helped put together the event, did not face many challenges before the ceremony took place. “The only concern was inclement weather, however blue skies and mild temperatures contributed to the success of the event.”

President Cesareo agreed that the event was a success. “I am pleased so many from the

Assumption and Worcester communities recognized the importance of this event and took the time to attend the ceremony, one that we shall remember for many years. The event exceeded expectations and I would like to thank the students, trustees, faculty, staff and community members who attended.”

After recent art program cutbacks, and continuous tension between faculty and administration, the ceremony shed some light on Assumption’s recent accomplishments.

Jillian Fellows, a sophomore, studies English. She is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.

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