Faculty, students and alumni of Columbia College gathered Saturday to dedicate the Atkins-Holman Student Commons. The dedication was a part of Family Day and Homecoming events.
College President Gerald Brouder said the new structure is a huge achievement that shows the bright future of the college.
“It is a day to celebrate a genesis of a legacy,” Brouder said.
He also thanked the builders, architects, building committee, the board of trustees and donors who made the $4.2 million student commons possible.
Faye Burchard, dean for campus life, also spoke, saying the commons was proof that dreams could come true. “Do you feel the buzz in this building?” Burchard asked the crowd.
Other speakers included Dan Scotten, chairman of the board of trustees, and Aaron Edwards, president of the Student Government Association. Tom and Linda Atkins, the lead donors, were the last to speak before ambassadors from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon.
“The completion of the commons is not the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning,” Tom Atkins said. “It is a symbol that the best is yet to come.”