Restoring Our Past, Building Our Future


The University of Alabama School of Social Work has established the Restoring Our Past, Building Our Future initiative to allow our alumni and supporters to join us in celebrating the renovation of our school building, Little Hall. Alumni and friends of the School can participate in this new initiative by pledging a gift to support tomorrow’s social work leaders.

Gifts pledged as part of this initiative will receive a permanent naming recognition in our newly renovated Little Hall building. With a permanent naming recognition, you may have a room or space in Little Hall named in your honor or in honor of a loved one.

We’re proud to offer this exciting opportunity for you to leave your print on our school for generations to come while contributing to the academic success of our brightest students.

Pledge a gift now

Naming Opportunities

Leave Your Legacy

A Little Hall permanent naming recognition provides a special way for you to leave your print on the School of Social Work or honor someone you wish to memorialize as part of the building’s renovation project.

These naming opportunities are available starting at $15,000. With a minimum gift of $25,000, you can both endow a scholarship and have permanent naming recognition in specifically designated areas of the new building. Your gift will directly impact social work students’ academic careers while offering you a lifetime recognition of your investment in our school.

We hope that you’ll consider participating in this exciting initiative. We have many different giving levels for you to make an impact. Your investment in a named space is way to not only stay engaged in the life of the university, but support extraordinary students.

The University of Alabama School of Social Work Little Hall Naming Opportunities

* An asterik indicates a space is available for naming.

First Floor

Faculty & Staff Offices (50 available)
Located on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors
Located on the 1st floor looking out onto the porch
Main Lobby
Located on the 1st floor near Quad entrance
Dean’s Office
Located on the 1st floor off the Quad entrance


South Vestibule
Located with the Hall of Fame Wall at the back entrance on the 1st floor
Associate Dean’s Office
Located on the 1st floor near Quad entrance
Reception Area for Associate Dean’s Office
Located on the 1st floor off the Quad entrance
Board of Friends Associate Dean’s Reception

Reception Area for Dean’s Office
Located on the 1st floor off the Quad entrance
Dr. Harold D. Shambley and Mrs. Joyce H. Shambley Dean’s Reception


Large Administrative Offices (5 available)
Located on the 1st floor
North Vestibule
Main entryway into Little Hall
Alumni Hall
Registrar’s Office
Located on the 1st floor
Jean and Raymond Rayfield Registrar’s Office


Second Floor

Large Classroom
Located on the 2nd floor overlooking the Quad
Computer Lab
Located on the 2nd floor overlooking the Quad
Located on the 2nd floor with retractable door
Collaboration Lab
Space for students to engage in social work practice on the 2nd floor
Dr. Vikki L. Vandiver and Dr. Kevin Corcoran Collaboration Corner


Student Lounge
Space for students to relax and study on the 2nd floor
Laura Langely Student Lounge
Reading Room
Located near Librarian on the 2nd floor
Ackerson Reading Room
Childcare/Family Room
Located on the 2nd floor and designed for feeding infants
Raymond Family Care Room


Third Floor

Reception Room
A beautiful, large gathering space on the 3rd floor
Board/Conference Room
Located on the 3rd floor overlooking the Quad
Coy Stout and Jeffrey Falk Board Room
Third Floor Lobby
Flows into the Reception Room on the 3rd floor
Collaboration Lab
Space for students to engage in social work practice on the 3nd floor
Carroll C. Phelps Callaboration Room


All naming opportunities require the final approval of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees

Little Hall Then and Now

Little Hall is named for Livingston native William “Bill” Gray Little (1873-1938), a transfer student who came to The University of Alabama in 1892 and became the father of Alabama football. When he arrived on campus, Little began to teach students the game of football, which he had learned as a student at Phillips Academy-Andover. That year, the University launched its first football team with Little as the team’s captain. Because of this, Little Hall was named in his honor after its construction in 1915. The original Little Hall building was designed by Frank Lockwood, of Montgomery, in a classical Revival style and served as the University’s first stand-alone men’s gymnasium. The gymnasium housed rooms for boxing, wrestling, special exercises, trophies, lockers, baths, and a large main hall with galleries for spectators.

Architect Renderings of the New Little Hall

In spring 2016, the school began an ambitious renovation of its building, Little Hall. The $9.6 million project, which was completely funded by the school and university, transformed our 102-year-old building into a modern, state-of-the-art facility. The newly renovated building, is a hub for student life, teaching and research, as well as a gathering spot for social work alumni.

Old black and white photo of William 'Bill' Gray Little
William “Bill” Gray Little


Pledge a Gift

A pledge can be paid over a five-year period with gifts of cash, stock or other appreciated assets.

View naming opportunity levels.

Still have questions? For questions about giving to the Restoring Our Past, Building Our Future Initiative and other scholarship opportunities through the School of Social Work, please contact Laurie Wright, associate director of development and alumni relations, at or 205-348-7109.