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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • DC3's newest residence hall dedicated Friday

  •      About a hundred students, faculty, family and friends of the late Betty R. Jackson gathered in the lobby of Dodge City Community College's newest residence hall for a dedication ceremony Friday. The new hall was named after Jackson who was an instructor at DCCC from 1985 until her retirement in 1997.


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  •      About a hundred students, faculty, family and friends of the late Betty R. Jackson gathered in the lobby of Dodge City Community College's newest residence hall for a dedication ceremony Friday. The new hall was named after Jackson who was an instructor at DCCC from 1985 until her retirement in 1997.
         "I wasn't fortunate enough to know Betty personally," said Executive Vice President for College Affairs and Learning, Michael Ahern during his opening statements. "But, from everything I've heard about her from her family and friends, you were a better person for knowing her."
         According to those who knew her, Jackson had a lasting impact on countless students and members of the faculty.
         "One of my favorite memories about Betty, is when she was on the agenda to give a presentation during the inservice," said Beverly Tematt, dean of student services. "I used to have to tape her presentations on one of those heavy bulky old video cameras. So everyone who couldn't be there in person could watch it later. Her presentations were that popular."
         Although Jackson passed away two years ago, several of her family members were able to attend the dedication in her honor, including her sister and son and daughter.
         "During her time here Betty was an advocate of all students," said Tematt, "but particularly of the young women on campus, so it's fitting that the new female residence hall is named in her honor."
         The audience also got to hear from the architect, Samuel Frey, and the builder, Stephen Bryant, of the dorm.
         Frey said that when he was designing the new building he wanted to really capture the view that was available from that location. That's why there are several full-glass windows looking out over the small lake on campus. Frey also said that he wanted to provide greater socialization opportunities throughout the dorm.  So, he created large common areas where students can hang out, study or even hold campus events.
         After everyone had finished their speeches, the official ribbon cutting took place, a memorial plaque in Jackson's honor was revealed and refreshments were provided to all guests.
         After the dedication ceremony concluded guests were offered tours of the new residence hall.
         "This new dorm will help move us into the future," said Ahern, "it will help us, and more importantly our students continue to succeed and grow."
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com

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