Concrete pouring marks symbolic start of Campus Center

Emily Passey

Although construction on the campus center began last spring, the official opening ceremony is scheduled to take place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
According to Sheree Rogers, Lawrence’s director of communications, the timing of the actual groundbreaking on the project was “just not right,” thus the ceremony is taking place this year.
The Campus Center Concrete Pouring Event is meant to be a symbolic gesture, signifying both the culmination of years of planning and fundraising and the beginning of a major development.
It is scheduled to coincide with both a meeting of the Board of Trustees and The 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon. “We wanted to capitalize on the fact that many important visitors will be on campus that day,” Rogers said, emphasizing that the ceremony was planned jointly with the scholarship lunch.
The ceremony will include remarks from President Beck, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Bill Hochkammer, and two members of the Campus Center Planning Committee, including President of the Class of 2008 Nathan Litt.
Featured at the ceremony will be a celebratory fanfare, with music from conservatory students, and a commemorative giveaway item for all who attend. Everyone who does not have class at the time is encouraged to attend the events. Rogers remarked, “We’d like to have a really nice crowd there.