SLU Names Clock Tower Amphitheater to Honor Work and Legacy of Late University Leader Jonathan Smith
Later this month, Saint Louis University will hold a dedication ceremony for the naming of the amphitheater near SLU’s iconic clock tower in memory of the late University leader and faculty member, Jonathan Smith, Ph.D.
SLU’s inaugural vice president for diversity and community engagement, Smith died suddenly on June 19 at the age of 61 following a recent stroke.
The dedication ceremony will include the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the amphitheater honoring Smith and his legacy.
University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., announced the amphitheater naming during a memorial service for Smith on June 30 in Chaifetz Arena. The news drew loud applause from everyone in attendance.
“The clock tower. The amphitheater. It’s a special place on our campus where our community tends to go when it needs to process something; when it needs to pray; when it needs to mourn,” Pestello said at the time. “And that’s where you’d find Jonathan.”
The University made several landscape improvements behind the amphitheater, creating additional spaces for students to study, talk and collaborate. New seating areas were added, along with outdoor power outlets.
SLU’s Grounds and Construction Services departments developed the design and managed the project, which took about six weeks to complete.