In a low-key ceremony earlier this week, Brenau library staff and others dedicated the new “Ray of Light” garden outside the recently-remodeled “Quiet Zone” in the Trustee Library on the Gainesville campus. The name for the plantings and landscaping, the view of which through large floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the restful, contemplative nature of the library study area, refer to the area’s chief instigator and benefactor, retired provost and vice president of academic affairs Helen Ray. Ray served the university from 1993 until her 2008 retirement, but she continued working on various projects for the Rare Books Room at the library.
Marlene Giguere, the dean of library services, said the particular thought was placed in the name of the garden: The word “Ray” is often associated with sunlight and the name Helen in Greek means “light.” Giguere said the dedication also was specifically scheduled to occur on Earth Day, 2015. However, she added that, at Ray’s request, the library staff kept the ceremony small and informal. To see more images, click here.