By Todd Zhong ’18
Since the beginning of the September, a group of workers has been working efficiently outside the Kirby Library. The project they are working on is the Kirby Common, an area for the student to hang around and to relax and to study. Wyoming Seminary President Kevin Rea said this project would “help to enhance the Upper School student experience at Sem and increase our students and faculty’s sense of connection to one another and the outdoors.”
The Kirby Common, just outside of the Wallace F. Stettler Learning Resources Center, is aimed to improve the campus life of all students of Wyoming Seminary both academically or just recreationally, as it both contains a beautiful new lawn and Sem’s second outdoor classroom. The would not only provide a place for student s to hang out but as shorten the distance for students from Carpenter Hall going to the Kirby Library as they could cut through the Kirby Common when the construction is complete.
President Kevin Rea revealed the origin and intended purpose of the Kirby Common. “A member of the Kirby Family approached us with a desire to enhance the existing Kirby Garden. That enhancement evolved into the Kirby Common. The Kirby Common will be an asset to the campus to be enjoyed by students and members of the Sem community as a gathering spot, an event spot, and an outdoor classroom. It will have six new Teak wood benches for seating. It will also have space for quiet reflection on the winding pathways amongst the plantings.”
Members of the Sem community responded very positively regarding the new feature on campus. Dan Krueger, a teacher of the Art Department and a longtime member the Sem community, said: “Before the construction, the area outside the library was underutilized and the Kirby Common would add more public seating and create more outdoor space for students.” Jeremy Diaz’ 18 believe that the Kirby Common “would be a great meeting spot for students after school and would make the dining hall and the library less packed during lunchtime.
The construction is expected to last the duration of October and students should be excepting the grand opening of the new common space, the Kirby Common, before the end of the fall term. President Rea said that the Sem community should be expecting substantial completion of the Kirby Common by the end of October. As the Kirby Common awaits its debut to the Sem community, we hope there would be more improvements like this on Sem campus in the future.