During the renovation of the Campus Y building, the Board of Trustees and the Office of the Provost determined that the Anne Queen Faculty Commons room should be a calm, welcoming place that affords faculty the opportunity to meet with colleagues and engage in discussion of matters of current concern on campus. The planners sought to provide space on the central campus for informal gatherings, meetings, and programs that encourage faculty exchange.
To those ends, the Anne Queen Faculty Commons has been furnished with comfortable club chairs and rocking chairs in small conversation groupings, as well as several tables seating three to six people. Arranged this way, seating for thirty people is available. The room is well suited to small groups meeting for coffee or lunch, as well as to individuals seeking a quiet space to read or work. It can also be arranged to accommodate somewhat larger receptions or programs involving up to about 75 people. Additional seating is available by request from Facilities Services. There is no audiovisual equipment in the room.
Anne Queen was born in 1911 and raised in Canton, N.C. After ten years of factory work after high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Berea College in Kentucky and a divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1948. After working three years as Assistant University Chaplain at the University of Georgia and five years as college secretary for the American Friends Service Committee in Greensboro, N.C., she became associate director of the YWCA at the University of North Carolina in 1956. She then became director of the newly merged YMCA-YWCA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964, a position she retained until her retirement in 1975. Queen died in Canton in 2005.
UNC news release upon Anne Queen’s death
Inventory of the Anne Queen Papers in UNC’s Southern Historical Collection
Index of interviews with Anne Queen in the Southern Oral History Program’s collection
Responsibility for the AQFC has been assigned to the Office of Faculty Governance (OFG). The OFG will manage use during daytime, weekday hours. OFG has delegated to the Campus Y management of use of the space during evening and weekend hours.
The Office of Faculty Governance provides coffee and tea for faculty and their guests from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. weekdays. To the degree possible, the room will be kept free from reserved use until 1:30 p.m. each day so as to assure its availability for informal get-togethers and impromptu use by faculty members.
The AQFC is available for reserved and scheduled use according to joint OFG and Campus Y guidelines regarding appropriate use of the room, reservations, furnishings, food service, and special equipment. All organized use of the facility must be approved by either the OFG or the Campus Y, depending on the hours of use, and conducted in accordance with the policies stated below. You can check on the room’s availability below.
Cancellations should be made as soon as it is known that the room is not needed.
A responsible representative of the organization or event sponsor must be present at the AQFC throughout the event and must supervise after-event cleanup.
OFG and Campus Y have established a standard furniture setup for AQFC. Users may change the arrangement of the furniture, but must not move the rugs. Additionally, furniture is not to be removed from the room. Users must return all furniture to the standard setup immediately after their event concludes.
Faculty members and colleagues with whom they are meeting are welcome to bring individual food and drinks into the room during weekday hours and are responsible for cleaning up after use. For more organized events, catering including finger foods and beverages is allowed. Sit-down dinners are not permitted.
The campuswide Guidelines for Serving Alcohol at University-Sponsored Events governs the use of alcohol in the AQFC. No alcohol is permitted in the space before 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. With advance permission of the appropriate vice chancellor, alcohol may be served at other times at invitation-only, private functions at which guests under age 21 are not expected. Please see the university alcohol policy for further information.
There is no sound amplification or projection equipment built into the room and no technical assistance available. There is also no kitchen space available for the use of caterers. It is the responsibility of the event sponsor to arrange for any outside equipment, furniture, or materials needed. Additional seating is available by request from Facilities Services.
At the discretion of the OFG or the CY, an advance walk-through may be required if special features are proposed. Users are expected to take care that the room and its furnishings are not damaged as a result of such special features. It is the responsibility of the event sponsor to arrange for outside equipment, furniture, materials, etc., to be removed before 8:00 a.m. the next business day.
Any event that involves dancing in street shoes requires special protection for the affected floor area such as a canvas ground cloth.
No item, artwork, poster, flier, or document is to be attached to interior walls, doors, fixtures, windows, trash cans, building exteriors, stairway railings, elevator walls, floors, grounds, or ceilings. No existing artwork can be removed.
Users are responsible for cleaning up after their events. Please remove all trash, boxes, and all other items brought into the room, wipe down the tables, and return all furniture to its original configuration. Trash should be carried out to the dumpsters in the parking lot behind the Y. If the condition of the room is unsatisfactory after your use, you may forfeit subsequent use privileges or have your department billed for the cost of cleaning and/or restoration.
Doors must be shut and locked following evening and weekend events.
There is no parking available at the Campus Y. Please contact the Special Events Parking office with UNC DPS at 919-962-4424 to make the necessary parking arrangements for your guests.
When publicizing your event, please indicate that it will take place in the Anne Queen Faculty Commons at the Campus Y.