In 1977, U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield spoke at the dedication of the Hoover Academic Building. His address focused on his mentor, former President Herbert Hoover.
This October, Hatfield - now a member of the George Fox faculty - returned to the same building for another dedication. At an outdoor ceremony (top right) celebrating the facility’s $4.3 million expansion and renovation, he again delivered a speech about Hoover. He also helped dedicate the building’s new Hoover- Hatfield Library, which includes memorabilia from the two statesmen. Both have long ties to the university. Hoover attended Friends Pacific Academy, the forerunner of George Fox, and Hatfield is a former trustee.
The project consisted of a 15,400- square-foot two-story addition and a major remodeling of the existing building. The art and nursing programs both gained educational facilities. New features include the Roger and Mildred Minthorne Gallery, the Providence Health System Learning Lab, and a critical care room named in honor of alumna Dr. Caroline Engle. The university completed two other construction projects this summer:
Amphitheater The class of 2010 was the first to use the university’s new 500-person amphitheater (middle right), located on the west slope of Hess Creek Canyon near Wheeler Sports Center. On a warm summer evening, they sat on the grassy tiers and watched a movie during freshman orientation.
Le Shana Residence Hall One hundred and twenty juniors and seniors moved into the new 40,150-square-foot Le Shana Residence Hall this fall (bottom right). The $7.4 million hall features 20 apartments, each with three bedrooms, a toilet room, a shower room, and a shared great room. Each houses six students. The facility, dedicated Nov. 4, also features a computer lab, a lounge, and a café. The hall is named in honor of former President David Le Shana and his wife, Rebecca.