USF names library in honor of long-time supporters

University of St. Francis Board of Trustees Chairman J.D. Ross, long-time university supporters Dorothy “Dottie” and LaVerne “Bitz” Brown and President Michael J. Vinciguerra unveiled a plaque to be mounted in the newly named LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library

LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library dedicated, blessed on Sept. 25 – The University of St. Francis has named its library in honor a local couple whose leadership and support has proven invaluable to the university for nearly four decades.

The university dedicated and blessed the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library on Sept. 25 in front of a small group of invited guests.

Leaders within the Joliet-area at large, the Browns have supported the university with nearly $1 million in lifetime giving. They were among the founders of the annual Caritas fundraiser, which annually supports student scholarships, and have worked tirelessly on the event’s committee over the years.

LaVerne “Bitz” also is one of the university’s Board of Trustee’s longest serving members, beginning in 1974.

“Together, the Browns have provided community leadership that has worked to improve the quality of life for citizens through education, health care and community development,” said President Michael J. Vinciguerra. “Naming the library in their honor is a recognition that will last in perpetuity.”

The library, 600 Taylor St., was selected for the naming because it is home to the university’s rich history.

“It’s an intellectual center, providing a link between the past and future,” he said. In addition to the new name, the Brown Library recently underwent a variety of improvements, including a newly renovated entryway, enhanced landscaping, addition of outdoor seating, renovation of a curriculum lab and upgraded student computer workstations.

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