September 14, 2011 Volume CXXX Issue 1


Cafeteria gets a new name

The name Montgomery Caf had an immediate ring for Paducah’s Wally and Gerry Montgomery, whose names now are prominently displayed on a plaque in Georgetown College’s dining hall—recognizing their generous gift that made cafeteria renovations possible.

Prior to the dedication at dinner, the Montgomerys spent all of Tuesday (Sept. 6) at their beloved alma mater. They had breakfast with the Student Government Association ofcers. At lunchtime, they visited with the 22 select President’s Ambassadors who represent the College and President Bill Crouch. And, the students began to understand the greater meaning of this common meeting place fondly called The Caf from a couple that met in such a place here and went on to live purposeful lives.

After the plaque was unveiled, Wally told students in the Montgomery Caf, “You are what we hope for.” Gerry added, “You are leaders who are ready to go out into the world.”

Standing near the couple were recent graduates from Paducah who nodded knowingly. Brothers Martin Rains ’03, chief resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky Hospital, and Taylor Rains ’08, president of UK’s Student Bar Association, expressed undying gratitude for hand-written notes Wally Montgomery sent President Crouch before their acceptance to Georgetown. Following the ceremony, President Bill Crouch (left) and Gerry and Wally Montgomery helped cut the cake which students were invited to have with their dinner.

Clearly throughout “their day” the two were moved by where these events unfolded–their Caf. Wally Montgomery, Class of ’58, spotted Gerry Biggs (’59) his senior year in what was then the grill and asked her out. Their rst date was to a cold, night football game and the gloveless Wally would put his ngers in her coat pocket. The rest was almost history, especially after one of Wally’s professors (Dr. George Redding) suggested he might not want to let her get away with the rhetorical, “When will there be another Gerry in your life?”

After Wally nished University of Louisville Medical School, the Montgomerys headed back to her hometown of Paducah where they would make a big impact – he as a surgeon, she as a two-term Paducah mayor at a time of downtown rebirth as “Quilt City, USA.” And, as partowners of Paducah Bank, they have been able to give generously to Paducah’s Immanuel Baptist Church, many community projects, U of L and Georgetown College.

Wally, who could be speaking to all Georgetown alumni, said, “You become aware that you need to give back for things God allowed you to have.” Gerry added, “the Caf project came up and that was something that appealed to us.”

Press Release

New sustenance and supplies come to the LRC

Copy Editor

Do you nd yourself in the Learning Resource Center during late hours of the night studying? The Mulberry is closed; your only source of caffeine lost. Your pencil fails you and runs out of lead as you are reaching your last paragraph.You give up on pencils, turning to the computer in your time of need. Then you realize you have no ash drive to save your ve page paper. It’s 12:30 a.m., past thepoint of no return. By the time you go to your room and back to get the needed supplies, the library will be closing. And your paper is due at 8a.m.

Georgetown College now has a vending machine to solve all yourproblems. Coming very soon is a machine that will offer mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, ear buds and snacks. Best of all is the brand new Pepsi machine placed perfectly beside it. These two new additions are located on the second oor of the library, in close vicinity to the study rooms. The Pepsi machineis already equipped with a G-cardreader. The other vending machine will have one installed in the very near future. It is currently stocked with standard snack foods and candy bars, but soon they will be adding around six to 12 school supplies like the ones mentioned above—simple things students may need on short notice.

The vending of school supplies will only be a trial run. The vendors will see if they are actually benetting from selling this kind of product, and then decide if it will continue. It all depends on how many Georgetown students will use this machine to their advantage. If it is not used, it will go back to vending the standard Cheez-Its and Twix bars.

“We actually had several students request the vending machine through the library staff,” Kay Blevins, Vice President of Auxiliary Services, explained when asked how this new machine came about. When the Mulberry and C-Store are not open, the vending machine is available to students.

Is there anything you would like to see sold in the vending machines? Contact Paula Faught at extension 8351 with your suggestions. She is the also the one to contact if you are experiencing any problems with the machine.

Rucker Village nears completion

Features Editor

Ten months ago, an historic project was unveiled at Georgetown College. A new residence hall, the rst to be built on main campus since the 1970s, was to be built behind Allen Hall and adjacent to The Pit. Dr. Todd Gambill, Dean of Students, invited members of the Student Government Association and Residence Life to give their input as to what type of residence hall would be built. Townhouse-style apartments were chosen, housing six students with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a living area in each. As the planning stages unfolded, it was announced that contractor Jim Barlow, a Trustee of the College, would be building the townhouses at cost. This meant he would be making no prot off of the new residence hall.

Last semester, it was announced that the new townhouses would be called Rucker Village, in honor of the Rucker Hall, a dormitory torn down in 1971. Ground was broken on Rucker, as it is commonly known around campus, in a formal groundbreaking ceremony on April 16. The nal plan called for 16 townhouses built in three separate buildings, housing 84 students. The middle unit of the central building would be a community room with cooking and laundry facilities, as well as a 24-hour visitation lobby. Along with Rucker Village would come a new parking lot with approximately 30 spots; the gravel lot next to Pike is also to be paved and expanded. The plans were ambitious; ground was broken in March and called for the townhouses to be ready for students to move into on or by Aug. 15 of this year. Dr. Gambill was optimistic that Rucker would be ready by the time school started this year, but a backup plan was made just in case.

That backup plan has now become a reality for the approximately 80 students who were slated to live in Rucker Village for the 2011-2012 school year. Laura Aispuro, Director of Residence Life, made alternate housing plans for those choosing to live in Rucker, just in case there were delays in getting the townhouses built. The alternate housing has been needed this semester as Rucker Village has been behind schedule from the beginning. Problems getting permits delayed the project at the outset; the weather has not cooperated several times as well, pushing the construction schedule back until it was realized they would not be ready in time for move-in day.

The Georgetonian / VICTORIA ENGELHARDT Dr. Gambill estimates that the female students living in Rucker Village may be able to move in the weekend of Homecoming at the earliest.

At this time, the three separate buildings are at different stages in the construction process; what will be used as the a women’s building this year is almost ready, save for needing furniture and power, the men’s building is about two weeks behind the rst and the last building, the which houses the common area and women, is about a month behind the rst building. Dr. Gambill’s latest estimate is that the female students living in Rucker will, at the earliest, be able to move in the weekend of Homecoming, with the second building moving in approximately two weeks after that.

The students living in Rucker are paying a $1700 housing upcharge per semester, but that is being pro-rated by each week they have to live elsewhere. Dr. Gambill understands the inconvenience that has come with the construction delays but says, “It’s less than ideal but I’d much prefer this type of challenge— it’s an inconvenience based on making real progress.” This challenge also has something else in mind—longevity. The Rucker Village townhouses are more well-built than the East Campus Apartments and Dr. Gambill fully expects them to last longer and wear better than East has. “We have made an effort to use materials (brick exterior, Corian countertops, Konnecto ooring) that will last for years to come. I think students are really going to enjoy Rucker Village.”

Rucker Village is almost, but not quite, full; sophomores and above who would like to live there when they are nished being built can email Laura Aispuro at Laura_Aispuro.


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