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Justin Hall Expansion sparkled like the sun, even in the rain

Friday, September 7, 2012


Petros Levis took the microphone and asked everyone to join him in the countdown. Three. Two. One. Snip. Twenty-six pair of scissors cut a broad purple ribbon to make it official – the $5-million Justin Hall Expansion joined the family.

Students, faculty, alumni, staff, friends of the college and administrators from throughout campus cheered.

They were packed into every nook of Hoffman Lounge this afternoon for the dedication. Rain, welcome as it was, sent festivities indoors. Space was cozy but spirits were high.

Dean Virginia Moxley welcomed the packed house with gratitude and humor as she noted that the day celebrated the first expansion to the human ecology home since it was built in 1960.

“I especially thank Betty and Bob Tointon for giving me hope that this project was possible and to Mary and Carl Ice for giving me hope that we could actually complete the project,” she said.

She thanked other major donors and congratulated project architects PGAV and Hutton Construction for a job well done.

Also adding their congratulations to the college for good work and a beautiful new space were K-State president Kirk Schulz, senior vice president and provost April Mason, Carolyn Jackson who is president of the college advisory board and Kent Bradley who is chairman of the board of the alumni association. Levis is immediate past chair of the college alumni board and the 2010 alumni fellow.

Lauren Koepp, president of the student council and senior in interior design, spoke about how much students appreciated the expansion.

“This addition will impact so many students . . . it will be the college’s driving force, fueled by pride, to continue the excellence it has already established. I really don’t think we could thank you enough for not only giving us something new, shining and exciting, but for giving us the opportunity to grow to the greatest potential we can.

“Also, thank you for giving future students the chance to feel the same pride that we feel, as they visit and travel through their university years, this college as their home.”

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Friday, September 7, 2012, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, Center on Aging, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.