The Dean's Corner

A Temple of Learning Built by Dedicated People

President Elliott has set March 24, 1999 as the dedication date for the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. On this date our new temple of learning will be available to begin serving the instructional, learning and research needs of the academic community. It is a fitting tribute to James C. Kirkpatrick, the man who dedicated most of his life in serving the needs of the people of Missouri.

While the academic community is aware of the leaders who played key roles in creating this temple, there are a number of quiet and unsung heroes who contributed to the success of this project. I would like to acknowledge some of them and their contributions in this column.

Sharon Gobber, Central Missouri's Director of Purchasing, assisted us in assembling the best possible design team. When we interviewed various design teams, we did not like any of them, but we liked certain individuals from each team. Based on our preferences, Sharon skillfully assembled our design team within the guidelines of state purchasing regulations.

Angela Curtright, library staff member, chaired a team of library faculty and staff members to review and resolve all matters relative to moving to the JCKL. In spite of her junior status Angela kept the team moving and focused on the task.

Linda Medaris, Associate Professor of Library Services, worked around the clock without a gripe to meet the deadlines associated with various activities of the building.

Terry McNeeley, media assistant, spent countless hours preparing the presentation materials to promote the building program.

Many of Central Missouri's faculty and students expanded our vision for the new library through their ideas and suggestions. Due to the efforts of all these unsung heroes, in the spring of 1999 we will be dedicating a temple of learning in which all of us can take pride.

Dean Rao