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12/11/91

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Public service center sells bricks for new building

STANFORD -- The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University is selling bricks and stairs to complete the campaign for its $3.2 million new building campaign.

The 14,000-square-foot structure, to be built on the parking lot across from the current center in Owen House, will ensure that student organizations and university programs promoting volunteerism have a permanent home on the Stanford campus. The university hopes to break ground in March.

"Although it is a difficult time for new initiatives at Stanford and in the community, it is a most important time for public service," said Tim Stanton, acting director of the Haas Center.

The bricks, at $200 each, will form the walkway in the Community Courtyard and can include two lines of engraving. Each step on the interior stairway can be purchased for $1000. A plaque will recognize the contributors.

The Haas Center serves as the campus focus for local, national and international voluntary student efforts at Stanford. The center began in 1984 as a single office in Owen House and quickly grew to occupy the entire building.

The new building will provide meeting and office space for many service programs that are either unhoused or scattered across campus.

For example, it will house Volunteers in Asia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering cross-cultural understanding by providing volunteer experiences in Vietnam, Taiwan, China and Indonesia.

More information on purchasing the bricks is available from Megan Swezey, Haas Center assistant director, at (415) 723- 3803.

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