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Construction on New Fountain to Begin This Fall

August 19, 2022
A rendering of the planned new fountain shows a campus mall leading up to the library, with words to the alma matter wrapping around the low brick wall surrounding the fountain pool.

Planning is underway to freshen up the campus fountain, and YCP alumni are being asked to help. 

“The years shall pass, but we shall not forget…” 

This fall, York College of Pennsylvania will begin construction on a new fountain as the centerpiece of the campus mall. 

Pride and Tradition

Through senior class giving, the fountain and the surrounding college mall were constructed in October of 1974, and since then the fountain has been a testament to their generosity and love of YCP. For nearly 50 years, the fountain and college mall acted as a central meeting point where students, alumni, and friends have come together. 

An image shows the original fountain and campus mall from around 1974. The fountain pool is flush with the ground, where the mall is covered in stonework.

And now, it is time to rejuvenate this essential space on the campus of your alma mater. This is your opportunity to hearken back to those trailblazers and demonstrate that together WE ARE SPARTANS!

The Fountain

With a flat top, attractive knee walls, and the words of the alma mater engraved in the steps, the newly rejuvenated fountain will continue to act as the heart of campus welcoming alumni and new Spartans and their families.

A rendering of the planned new fountain shows a campus mall leading up to the library, with words to the alma matter wrapping around the low brick wall surrounding the fountain pool.

The fountain has been a stalwart symbol for thousands of York College alumni,” said Jerry Alberts, Director of Alumni Relations. “Its positive impact is still felt today by all those who pass by. But decades of service to YCP have aged this faithful servant. It is time for a rebirth of the ‘friend’ that has served this college, its students, and its alumni so well for so long. It is our hope that every YCP alum will give to The Fountain Campaign in support of the ‘Spartan’ that has performed so wonderfully for the College and its students for almost 50 years.”

The Campaign

The Alumni Association is contributing the first $75,000 to the fountain rejuvenation project. And, with a generous investment, Shawn ’01 and Nicole ’00 Halsey are contributing a $25,000 matching gift for other alumni that join them and contribute to the campaign.

“We support this campaign because the fountain represents a central part of student’s lives at YCP,” said the Halseys. “We hope that this initiative helps to bring friends and classmates together and that the fountain remains an everlasting symbol to all current and future students of their experience at York College of Pennsylvania.”

Recently, you received information about the Fountain Campaign in the mail. This is your opportunity to make an investment in the future of your alma mater and the first $25,000 in donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the generosity of the Halseys. In addition, everyone who donates to the fountain campaign will be recognized in a special and unique way in the central mall. Please complete the card or go to giving.ycp.edu to make your gift today. If you would prefer to make your commitment by phone, or if you have questions, please contact York College at (717) 815-6861 or email eburns4@ycp.edu.

“It’s a very important time for our college and for its students and alumni,” said President Pamela Gunter-Smith. “As we celebrate the successful completion of the EVOLVE Campaign and plan for the bright future of the College through strategic planning, it seemed appropriate to beautify one of the icons of our campus . . . a place where people have been called together for decades.”

“Giving praise, Old York, to thee
E’en to eternity”