The Leatherby Libraries recently dedicated our newest group study room, the Donna Ford Attallah ’61 Angels Room. Donna Ford Attallah, Chapman alumna, Trustee, and university donor gave the Leatherby Libraries an extremely generous gift towards one of our group study rooms, as well as a selection from her impressive collection of angels to permanently decorate the room. On February 12th, members of the Chapman University community gathered on the second floor of the Libraries to dedicate the new room, and to celebrate Donna’s birthday, as well.

The group study room, #215, is now available for use by students, and is part of our themed story room collection, each dedicated to a different topic. In addition to the selection of Donna’s angels, the room also contains a selection of approximately 100 books from across the Leatherby Libraries collection, all related, in some form, to the topic of angels. These books are available to be checked out through request to Circulation.

Thank you, Donna, for all that you’ve given us here at the Leatherby Libraries!

Man standing on right has his hand on the shoulder of the woman in the middle, who is holding a gift. Another woman stands on the left. All are smiling.

Dean Charlene Baldwin and President Daniele Struppa present Donna Ford Attallah with a gift.

Woman holding a champagne class prepares to blow out the candles on a large birthday cake. Another woman stands in the middle, singing, and a man stands behind her looking on.

Donna blows out the candles on her birthday cake while Charlene and President Struppa sing.

A woman in the center of the frame uses ceremonial, oversized scissors to cut a ribbon. A man stands on the left helping, and several people are in the background smiling.

Donna cuts the ribbon, officially opening the Donna Ford Attallah ’61 Angels Room.

A woman on the right side of the frame points behind her to a display case filled with figurines.

Donna shows off the selection of her angels, chosen carefully by her and generously given to the Leatherby Libraries.

One man on left stands huddled with two women in front of a display case.

Donna with Ken Knight (left), artist of several of her angels, and his wife (center), Jan Knight.

Group of three women and two men stand together smiling in front of a display case.

Left to right: Dean of the Leatherby Libraries Charlene Baldwin, Trustee Doy Henley, Donna Ford Attallah, Chapman President Daniele Struppa, EVP for University Advancement Sheryl Bourgeois