By Dr. David Smith
autumn day during my graduate studies, I attended the first day of a course in
history that covered 2,000 years of human activity. The professor remarked,
"We have a great deal of material to cover in a very short period of time.
In fact, if you sneeze and drop your pencil, you will miss taking notes over at
least 100 years of history!"
In considering the many changes that have taken place on
campus this summer, I am inclined to express our progress in a similar manner:
Those who failed to visit during the summer have missed out on significant
progress at Brewton-Parker College. Let me share with you just a few things that
you may have missed during your summer absence.
The magnificent Student Activities Center is just a few
short weeks away from occupancy! All summer crews of hard-working men and women
have moved that project dramatically forward.
The Lee Center, attached to the Student Activities Center, has also been
refurbished this summer. It now
includes a classroom, a very well equipped weight room, an aerobics room, a
cardio-vascular room, a sauna, a diagnostic center and several offices.
Baron Ridge Apartments have been thoroughly renovated over
the past few months, and the occupants of that men's housing facility will be
impressed with the many amenities added to the apartments. The cleanup around
Jones Lake was accomplished earlier in the summer, and has added to the
beautiful campus setting in a dramatic and safe manner.
Most railing and decorative posts around the campus are
repainted, and new pavement is being created around the athletic fields on the
northwest side of BPC's grounds. Of
course, the snack bar and game room in Phillips Student Center have been
reconstructed to provide for Internet access, great snacks and fast food
options, pizza and a meeting/study area that will be extremely useful to every
student this fall.
During the summer, BPC has added some outstanding faculty
and staff members to its family. Everyone
in Montgomery County will benefit from their arrival here. I hope each of you
will encounter some of these fine women and men in the near future.
If you were away from the campus for just a week, you
missed something! It is exciting to be a part of an institution that is going
through significant transformation, especially when every change adds to the
beauty, function and quality of the programs and services we offer to our
students and to our community. As you read the pages of The ArchWay this year,
please understand that Brewton-Parker College is significantly transforming
itself to be better equipped to serve you in the immediate future.
Celebrate with us. Participate with us in using these new
and newly renovated facilities, and join us as we progress toward the future.
There is room for each reader of the Montgomery Monitor around the table
of fellowship and progress we have arranged at BPC.