When Virginia Moxley became dean in 2006, one of her first decisions was to enlarge Justin Hall to accommodate the growing teaching and research mission of the College of Human Ecology.
The $5-million Justin Hall Expansion will be dedicated in ceremonies at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.
"Expansion had been in the conversation for at least 10 years," she said. "When Justin Hall was dedicated in 1960, the School of Home Economics had almost 600 students and offered 117 different classes. Today the College of Human Ecology boasts nearly 2,500 students and offers 426 different classes."
Ground breaking ceremonies were on Oct. 8, 2010. The building and landscaping were finished in August 2012. Just as sprigs of new grass hit daylight, students poured into the classrooms and study areas on Aug. 20, the first day of the fall semester.
Speakers at the dedication will be Dean Moxley, K-State president Kirk Schulz, provost April Mason, Carolyn Jackson who is president of the Human Ecology Alumni Advisory Board and Lauren Koepp, president of the student Human Ecology Council.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, cake and punch will be served in Hoffman Lounge. The building will be open for tours.
"I'm proud of the new space in Justin Hall, but even prouder that it was completely financed by college friends and alumni," Dean Moxley said.