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  October 15, 2001

Jorgensen Auditorium Changes Name

The University's Jorgensen Auditorium has a new name.

Following a vote by the university's Board of Trustees Sept. 26, the auditorium's name has been changed to the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

"To really compete in the arts market, we need a designation which clearly identifies us as a performing arts center to the outside world," says Rodney Rock, director of Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

"Jorgensen presents a wide variety of cultural events and the new name more accurately represents our position as a leading center for the arts in the state of Connecticut," Rock said. "The word 'Auditorium' is just not as descriptive today as it once was."

Although the Jorgensen's name is now different, its function and mission remain the same.

The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts not only presents major artists from around the world, but is also home to the Connecticut Repertory Theater, the professional producing arm of the dramatic arts department. The Center includes an art gallery as well, which offers touring and local exhibits.

"This change reflects Jorgensen's status as a world-class cultural center," says David Woods, dean of fine arts. Jorgensen is part of the School of Fine Arts.

Jorgensen Auditorium was built in 1955 and named after the late Albert N. Jorgensen, president of the University from 1935 to 1962. The University sought and was granted permission from the family to make the name change.