USU concert hall named for Newell and Jean Daines

LOGAN – The Chase Fine Arts Complex’s main concert hall at Utah State University will be renamed for former Logan mayor Newell Daines, who recently passed away, and his wife Jean Daines. The announcement was made Tuesday by Caine College of the Arts Dean Craig Jessop and USU President Stan Albrecht.

The renaming comes after planned renovations and a gift to the university from the children of the building’s namesakes.

“The gift from the Daines’ children is the capstone gift needed to finish our newly-updated facility,” Albrecht said according to a USU press release. “The gift is allowing us to increase the quality of the amenities used in the final phases of the concert hall’s renovation. Performers and patrons alike will benefit from the Daines’ generous donation through the finely detailed craftsmanship the gift is able to provide.”

According to the press release, the building originally opened when Jessop was a student at Utah State. Jessop hopes the renovations return the same awe to the current students that the building gave him as a student. The new renovations won’t just be an update of the building, but a complete redesign.

The reopening is planned for Oct. 18, 2017, exactly 50 years after the original first opening.

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