GC gets green – putting green, that isBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Georgetonians will soon be seeing another addition to the campus, but no, this is not another new dorm. An approximately 4,000 square foot putting green, which is roughly twice the size of a typical house, will be installed in between the Bush Center and Pawling Hall sometime in early April.
The putting green will be open not only to golfers but to everyone at Georgetown College and the surrounding community. It’s primary purpose is for recreation for those who want to practice their putting or to serve as an introduction to golf for those who have never golfed before. Putters and balls will be available to check out inside the George H.W. Bush Center for Fitness, and an intramural event is planned for later in the semester.
Dr.Gambill explained the monetary sources behind the project, saying, “Thisproject has already been fully funded by a grant from the Wadsworth Golf Foundation in partnership with the PGA TOUR and the PGA as well as by Trustees of The First Tee and others.” This means that none of students’ tuition money is in any way going to fund the putting green.
Georgetown College is “the first college in the country to receive this grant as a pilot project to engage all students in recreational golf. It is a result of GC’s leadership role in establishing The First Tee Scholars program.” The First Tee Scholars program is one of Georgetown’s Programs of Distinction, offering scholarships to golfers who have completed The First Tee program while maintaining at least a 3.0 and participating in community or civic activities while in high school.
Honduran fashion designer to deliver Shoop LectureBy SARAH CAREY
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Georgetown College will be hosting the Jo Shoop Lecture on March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the John L. Hill Chapel. For this year’s Shoop Lecture, the campus community will host Ms. Soreyda Benedit, a fashion designer and activist based out of Lexington, Ky. In the spirit of the “Stop Paying for Slavery” Tour that has been present on campus, the Shoop Lecture will focus on the conditions of working women in Honduras, Benedit’s home country.
Though Benedit has experienced success as a designer after being in the United States almost 11 years, she still has a passion for Honduras, where she developed her talent for fashion. According to a Lexington Herald-Leader article by Rich Copley, Benedit describes clothing design as a form of art, and she cites that her fashion design began when she was a girl, making clothes for her dolls. However, she began working as a sweatshop seamstress at age 14. Though Benedit worked for three months out of the year while school was in session, she became employed full-time after her graduation. Copley reports that once Benedit began to work full-time in the shop, she knew that it was time to abandon the establishment and its working conditions.
Now operating out of Lexington, Ky., Benedit helped found the Lexington Fashion Collaborative with Sarah Jane Estes. With 20 years of design experience, Benedit’s fashions have been showcased in not only Kentucky, but also in New York City, Chicago and Atlanta. Her work has also been featured at the Virginia Fashion Week, and she has won many awards for her talent in fashion design. In addition to her work being recognized around the country, she launched a clothing line called S. Benedit, which appeared on the fashion scene in 2005.
For more information regarding the Shoop Lecture, please contact Dr. Regan Lookadoo.