Elbert Covell College, the first of its kind English-Spanish dual-immersion college in the United States, was forged through John F. Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress. It was a commitment to bilingual-bicultural education and Inter-American friendship that began in 1964 and lasted at the University of the Pacific until 1986. Students lived, ate, worked, and played in close proximity, speaking predominantly in Spanish. Covelianos came together socially at El Centro (now Bechtel Hall) for camaraderie, current event discussions, and dining. Through the unique and unforgettable experience of our college years, Covell lives on in our hearts and minds. Covelianos, seeking to bridge the Americas, have affected, and continue to affect their ideals in many ways, and in many places.
Help Pacific honor lasting impact Covelianos had on our community and the world by naming a study room for the Elbert Covell College in the newly renovated William Knox Holt Memorial Library. This room will serve as a place for students to come together and collaborate for generations to come while honoring the rich history of Covell College and its alumni. Through this naming opportunity, we can help provide students with a space to forge meaningful, lifelong bonds, just as we did while studying at Pacific.
Please invest generously and join our fellow Covelianos in leaving a lasting legacy at the newly redesigned library.