UCLA’s campus exerts a powerful pull — just ask the thousands of Bruins who are thrilled to return after more than a year of remote learning. And the campus itself has inspired a unique gift to welcome them back.
No Place Like Home
When UCLA announced its planned fall reopening, ripples of excitement ran through its student body. Bruins across the board have been eager to set foot on campus — whether new freshmen and transfers joining the UCLA family, rising sophomores who have only attended class virtually, upperclassmen excited to finish out their undergraduate years in person, or graduate students ready to continue their work on site. Samuel Z. ’24 sums up a collective sentiment about the place in recalling his initial reaction: “When I stood on campus for the first time, it just felt like home.”
That home has been getting its own attention in advance of the fall return. Thinking about the past year, Harold Bronson ’72 and Stephanie Bronson ’81 wanted to recognize students’ resilience and celebrate their return. The couple gave $100,000 to create the Stephanie and Harold Bronson Fund for Campus Beautification, which will help maintain and enhance UCLA’s physical landscape. They hope the funds not only improve spaces on campus but also help raise morale.
Inspiration for Improvement
“As alumni, Stephanie and I are always excited to support UCLA and its students,” says Harold Bronson. “We want to give Bruins the best possible start back. We hope the new upgrades have a positive effect on students returning this fall and enrich the student experience for years to come.”
Their gift is being deployed to refurbish the areas around the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden and Charles E. Young Research Library, particularly by upgrading outdoor study spaces, seating areas, and other furnishings. The Bronsons also hope that other donors will be inspired by their vision and make their own gifts for campus beautification.
After a challenging year away from Westwood, students have a lot to celebrate this fall. And revitalized campus spaces will help make their return a season to remember.
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Published May 2021/Updated September 2021