Category Archives: Amanda’s Blog

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March 25, 2011 by Amanda Hanson

Mary Hunter Bowman has been a loyal alumna of the University of La Verne for almost 80 years.  She graduated in 1933, but Mary fell in love with the university six years earlier when she attended the dedication of Founders Auditorium. As a sophomore, Mary’s parents brought her all the way from Inglewood to take part … Read More

March 9, 2011 by Amanda Hanson

If you haven’t realized it by now, Founders Auditorium has been renamed the Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium. You may be asking, “How did that come about?”  Well, I’ll tell you what I heard from some insiders. You see, Ann & Steve Morgan have been dedicated supporters of the University of La Verne for almost 26 years.  President … Read More

February 14, 2011 by Amanda Hanson

If the walls of this auditorium could speak! There are so many stories that I could write a book about the true love found in this auditorium. I came across the Palmers, David & Mary, for whom the Auditorium has a special place in their hearts. Having met my husband in the auditorium, I was … Read More

January 31, 2011 by Amanda Hanson

I thought I’d do something a little different and make this a photo blog post of the progress of the auditorium renovation. It’s amazing to see just how far the Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium has come! Photos by Steve Biondo, Rusty Evans, Jeanine Hill, and Amanda Hanson Audience View     Stage View      The … Read More

January 3, 2011 by Amanda Hanson

Among my most vivid memories of the auditorium are visions of the anticipated, if not dreaded, student recitals.  As a requirement of taking music lessons, students had to perform two selections in front of faculty, peers, and any campus community member who happened to be interested (not many of those).  It was a great tool … Read More

December 13, 2010 by Amanda Hanson

Dr. Reed Gratz, professor of music and department chair, had a fright when he wandered into the auditorium in 1977.  He was meeting Jack Meek about an open position at the university.  Having arrived early, Reed thought he would check out the performance space that would hopefully become his place of work.  When he walked … Read More

November 29, 2010 by Amanda Hanson

Dr. Kathy Lamkin, professor of music, has touched hearts for decades at the University of La Verne with her gift of teaching music history and its appreciation.  Though I wasn’t a student of hers on campus, I learned music history from Kathy when we toured Austria for the annual Classical Music Festival in the summer of … Read More

November 9, 2010 by Amanda Hanson

Homecoming Dinner last Friday was a magical event. I had a great time connecting with fellow alumni, especially those I sang with in choir, and meeting other alumni who were much older than me but who share the same pride and love of La Verne. The evening honored Ann ’71 & Steve ’68 Morgan, most deserving … Read More

October 29, 2010 by Amanda Hanson

Fellow alumna Melissa Stahly reminded me of this spooky Campus Times article from October 29, 2004.  It’s titled “Tales of supernatural haunt ULV” by Tom Anderson: “When most mortals think of haunted places, those places generally tend to be abandoned or in an altogether sorry state of repair. However, there are countless stories of the souls of the … Read More

October 14, 2010 by Amanda Hanson

One of the overlooked enhancements of the Auditorium renovation is the ceiling. When I was a choir member I didn’t think much about the ceiling until there was a bit of unusual weather. There was more than one rainy day or performance night when buckets and trash cans adorned the stage, placed there to catch … Read More