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Re-dedication ceremony at Coleman Building

Photo of HHP Building entranceIt used to be called the HHP Building. Now, it’s the Coleman Building.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Dean Celia Hooper invite the campus community as the university re-dedicates the Mary Channing Coleman Building.

The ceremony will be Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the bridge entrance on West Drive at 2 p.m.

Refreshments will follow.

Coleman was the first director of the physical education program at Woman’s College (UNCG), serving the university from 1921 until her death in 1947 and leading the school to national prominence in her field.

In 1953, six years after her death, the newly constructed Coleman Gymnasium was named in her honor. But in the late 1980s, plans were made to renovate and add to those buildings to create a new physical activities complex on campus. Once completed, the Coleman name was dropped from the building in favor of the name of the academic school that would be housed in the building: The School of Health and Human Performance (HHP).

That naming convention worked until 2011, when an academic realignment created the new School of Health and Human Sciences from departments formerly found under the School of Health and Human Performance, the School of Human Environmental Sciences and other academic units. Despite HHP no longer existing, the building that housed the majority of the school’s departments retained its name.

The Board of Trustees’ move to rename the building after Coleman alleviates the potential for confusion – and honors an important figure in UNCG history.