Shorter University to break ground on library expansion December 3
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November 23, 2010 - Shorter University will officially break ground on its library expansion on Friday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. The expansion will create an additional 18,000 square feet of library space that will feature a two-story cathedral atrium, a fireplace, soft seating, and study areas.
Shorter University President Dr. Harold E. Newman and Shorter University Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Nelson Price will take part in the ceremony, as will two Shorter College graduates: Georgia Author of the Year and Shorter professor Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher and Suzanne Scott, Shorter’s vice president of development and alumni. The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony that will take place on the library lawn.
“We are very excited to be breaking ground on this project,” said Dr. Newman. “This expansion will benefit the Shorter campus greatly and provide much-needed space for our ever-growing collection of books, research materials, academic resources and the many additional library services that are vital to the success of our students.”
Artist's rendering of new library addition
Funded with the financial support of several key foundations, the project’s campaign effort was spearheaded by several Shorter alumni including Charles and Lee Hight, Bill and Betty Zane Morris, Nancy Bryan and Jerry and Janice Vick. “The support and leadership of this fine group of Shorter alumni is the reason that we have been able to move this project forward,” said Scott. “Their leadership was paramount in the effort to reach our fundraising goal for this important addition to our campus.
The expansion project, which will be done by Marietta-based ADE Builders under the guidance of Allen Hornback, is expected to take one year to complete. Cooper Carry of Atlanta were the architects, with Tim Fish serving as lead architect.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian college committed to excellence in education. Since 2003, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Shorter among the South’s best baccalaureate colleges, and the Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its lists of best value and best Southeastern colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 48 major areas as well as undergraduate degree programs for working adults, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Education and the Master of Arts in Leadership. General education and calculus courses are offered in an online format, and Shorter recently launched online programs that lead toward the Associate of Science, the Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Master of Accountancy degrees. For more information, visit www.shorter.edu.