Alumni Heritage Walk
The unveiling of a black marble plaque in the pathway outside Bethel Hall on August 28, 1999 marked the beginning of Avondale Alumni Association's Alumni Heritage Walk. The walk honours graduates, current and former staff members, former students and current and former members of the Avondale College of Higher Education Council.
The first paver in the Alumni Heritage Walk bears the name of Laura Kent, at 108, Avondale's oldest living alumni until her death in February 2008. At the launch of the walk, and in the presence of four family generations, Mrs Kent rose to her feet and in a strong, resonant voice gave testimony to the value of Avondale for her family and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
How it Works
The Alumni Heritage Walk is a fundraising project of the Avondale Alumni Association. A tax deductible donation of $175 for each paver provides at least $100 for the association's Alumni Heritage Walk Fund. The association uses the money in the fund to preserve and restore the heritage features of Avondale College of Higher Education's Lake Macquarie campus.
A paver in the Alumni Heritage Walk measures 220 millimetres in length, 110 millimetres in width and 30 millimetres in height. It is etched with the given, family and maiden name (if applicable) of an Avondale alumni, and the alumni's final year at the college.
A feature of the Alumni Heritage Walk is its informality. The pavers are placed randomly rather than alphabetically or chronologically. However, the location of each paver is recorded in a bound register.
To have your name added to the Alumni Heritage Walk and to preserve and restore the heritage of Avondale College of Higher Education, contact Desiree Szeszeran in the Advancement Office
, click here
to complete an Alumni Heritage Walk Order Form or click here
to make a payment by credit card.
Avondale will engrave your name in stone and place your individual paver in this memorable pathway as a permanent reminder of your generous donation to your alma mater.