Groundbreaking for New Music Facility

Cloudy and cool, but no rain! Alumnus Randy Morgan (foreground), retired Music Department Chair Dr. Gerald Moore and Barbara Moore (seated), and arts supporter Mary Nelle Chumley (background, seated). Mrs. Marilyn Smith, Music Department Administrative Assistant (right), with Mrs. Leah Hamrick. Joe Ivey, Senior Vice President for Advancement, welcomes the crowd after a carillon performance by Mrs. Donna King. Dr. Jerome Reed reads Psalm 150 following a prayer by Dr. David Hamrick. President Randy Lowry reflects on the essentiality of the fine arts to a liberal arts university. Dr. Valery Prill (center), Dean of Arts and Humanities, with Provost Craig Bledsoe (right) and Danny Taylor (far right), Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration. The Jazz Vocal Ensemble wows the crowd with The moment arrives... administrators and music faculty are joined by Congressman Jim Cooper in turning over the first spadefuls of ground. Hilton Dean, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, concludes the ceremony. The full-time music faculty, left to right: Dr. Marcia Hughes, Department Chair, Dr. Jerome Reed, Dr. Gary Wilson, Mrs. Donna King, and Dr. David Hamrick. The unused shovel is for Dr. Steve Rhodes, who was unable to attend. President Lowry, the music faculty, and Dean Prill. Two former Department Chairs join in: Dr. Gerald Moore (left) and Dr. James Jackson (right). The music faculty celebrate with the people who make this all matter--our students!

Dedication of McMeen Music Center

Dedication of the McMeen Music Center in fall of 2008.