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Columbia College celebrates 160th anniversary

Monday, January 24, 2011 | 6:36 p.m. CST; updated 6:51 p.m. CST, Monday, January 24, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia College will celebrate its 160th anniversary, known as Charter Day, on Tuesday with a series of speeches and a musical program.

The celebration will begin on the college campus, 1001 Rogers St., at 11 a.m. at Dorsey Gymnasium, Dorsey Hall.

The event, open to those affiliated with the college, includes:

  • A brief address by Gerald Brouder, president of the college.
  • A speech on national events of the era by Brad Lookingbill, chairman of the history and political science department.
  • Special music provided by Nollie Moore, music instructor and director of the Jane Froman Singers.

According to its website, Columbia College was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College. It was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The name was changed to Columbia College in 1970.

Seven women enrolled the first term and took classes at the Christian Church on Seventh Street. As the student body grew, classes moved to the former home of Columbia physician James Bennett. The home was later renamed Williams Hall.

Through day, evening or online classes and 34 extended campuses, Columbia College educates about 25,000 students.


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