September 28, 2011- Issue 3

Rucker Hall dedicated

Features Editor

Although students are still not living in Rucker Village, the townhouses were full last Saturday. Alumni, trustees, students and their families came together with the administration to ofcially dedicate Georgetown College’s newest residence hall during Homecoming Weekend. The ceremony included remarks from Roy Lowdenback, Associate Vice President & Chief Development Ofcer, Jim Barlow, the Trustee responsible for the development of the townhouses, President Bill Crouch, Alumni Mrs. Jane Hope Fields and Dr. Todd Gambill, Dean of Students. Also during the ceremony, a watercolor of the original Rucker Hall was unveiled.

The Georgetonian/ VICTORIA ENGELHARDT Alum Jane Hope Fields fell in love with Rucker Hall 80 years ago.

Each of the 16 townhouses were named after a generous family or donor, many of whom were in attendance. Those present were overheard commenting on the excellent quality of the newest addition to GC. The crowd was even more impressed with the original watercolor of Rucker Hall, created by Shannon Oldham Sampson, class of ‘95.

While speaking of the almost- nished residence hall, Barlow remarked, “I wish I had a place like this to live when I was in college.” He was followed by President Bill Crouch, who declared Rucker Village to be “the rst of many dormitory houses that will dot our campus in the future.” The highlight of the ceremony was the speech given by Mrs. Jane Hope Fields, who graduated from Georgetown College 76 years ago. Hope Fields lived in Rucker Hall during her time at Georgetown College and told the crowd many of her fondest memories of the building that served Georgetown College after the Chapel burned down in 1930. She encouraged current students to remember that “you are making memories everyday, even if you don’t realize it. I hope they are wonderful.”

Georgetonians are reminded of

a greater global community

Staff Writer

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose,” inspires the famed lines Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” No doubt all of us have received these words of encouragement as we graduated from one stage of life or another. But, wouldn’t it be great to be reminded of this daily? Well, thanks to the Global Scholars, GC students are!

The Global Scholars dedicated their rst monument, the Directional Sign, just this past Friday, which you might have noticed while walking past the Asher Science Center. A globe sits atop a post that showcases six directional arrows, which incredibly represent the fact that Georgetown students have trod in 6 of the world’s 7 continents. The arrows point in the actual direction of six specic countries with which the college has ties-Chile, China, England, Morocco, Mexico and Australia. Georgetown students have studied abroad in all of these areas. In addition, Georgetown currently has a partnership with an institution in three of the countries, including the Colegio Bautista in Chile, the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Regents park College in Oxford. On the directional blades you’ll see the name of the country along with an outlined map of the country, their ag and its distance from Georgetown.

The Directional Sign was inspired by President Crouch’s challenge to last year’s Global Scholars to become international ambassadors on campus by helping their peers to recognize that Georgetown College is a part of a much larger global community. So, the Global Scholars responded by creating three committees dedicated to Fundraising, Publicity and Design which collaborated to organize all of the many details to make this sign a reality.

Ashley Hewitt (left), Amy Carrington, Ashley Hashampour, Rachel Floyd and Katelyn Sallengs embrace the new sign.

To the Global Scholars, the sign is more than just a monument and even more than just a reminder of the international ties the college has worked to build; it is an assurance that Georgetown is only the starting point of all of our journeys. Senior Global Scholar, Ryan Smith, afrms that “The sign is important because not only does it point us in the direction of the other countries with which GC has a relationship, but it represents within us an internal compass that we can use to guide ourselves to the future and beyond our educational experience within the campus connes of Georgetown, Kentucky.” Nathan Holiday, also a senior Global Scholar and an extremely active member of thejfjf sign’s Design Committee, writes from the Hong Kong Baptist University where he is studying abroad this year, “[The sign] provides a directional mean in how diversity is dened and represented on our campus . . . . Georgetown College has become known worldwide not only as a private liberal arts college, but as a school that serves as a beacon for the entire community willing to increase the multicultural partnerships throughout the world.”

Ms. Sally Weisenberger, the Global Scholars Program Coordinator, offers her gratitude for the initiative of the Scholars saying, “My thanks go to the students in the Global Scholars Program for their involvement with every aspect of the directional sign. They started this project last year with a vision, and can now admire the nished product. A job well done! The Directional Sign reminds us all to expand our global perspectives.”

Next time you pass the new Directional Sign, take time to appreciate the commitment Georgetown has made to international citizenship and let the handiwork of the Global Scholars help point you in the direction of the many places you’ll go!


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