Ribbon Cutting Held for Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment


Drs. Robert and Vera Low at the podium during the ribbon cutting for Bethel's Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.

     Crowds of students, faculty, staff, trustees and community members gathered on Bethel’s McKenzie campus on Aug. 19 for the ribbon cutting for the school's newly erected Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The building was named to honor Dr. Vera Low of Springfield, Mo., a long-time supporter of Bethel University and of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with which Bethel is affiliated.
     After the ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks, students got to enter the new facility and eat dinner in the new dining hall for the first time. The spacious dining facilities featured walls of windows and flat screen television monitors providing students a relaxing and comfortable dining experience.
     “Students, you deserve a good student center,” said Dr. Robert Low, son of Vera Low, who gave a $7 million gift that went toward construction of the facility. “Hopefully, this new building will make things more comfortable for you.”
     Low remarked on how much Bethel has prospered.
     “Bethel has flourished…this place is going nowhere but up!” he said.
     Mike Parker, Vice President for University Development, shared remarks on Vera Low, who was present for the event.
     “Ms. Vera has a unique relationship with Bethel University,” he said. “From her practical, no nonsense advice to her encouraging words, she seems to always be in the right place to give you direction.
     “Today we see this beautiful new building. What Ms. Vera sees is a building that provides opportunities for our students. This building is going to provide a place where students' bodies will be nourished. But more importantly, it’s providing a place for fellowship that will feed their souls.”
     The ribbon cutting was the first of a number of activities taking place at Bethel’s McKenzie campus over the weekend. Bethel Blast, an event to kickoff the 2011 school year, was held on Saturday evening. Events included games, bouncers, food of all kinds, hot air balloon rides, an artist’s colony, a Bethel Renaissance concert and a fireworks show. .
     Fall classes for traditional undergraduate students began on Monday, Aug. 22. The last day to register for fall 2011 traditional undergraduate classes is Friday, Aug. 26. To find out how to get started, contact the Office of Admission at 731-352-4030.   

For more photos of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, go to Bethel's Facebook Page!