The Hasty family and their many friends joined Reinhardt College trustees, faculty and staff to dedicate the College's new Hasty Student Life Center on May 22, 2007. A standing-room-only crowd was moved by heartfelt comments from William G. "Billy" Hasty Jr. '67, chair of the College's Board of Trustees and a prominent local attorney. He, along with his mother, Hazel Wyatt Hasty, and his wife, Linda Nichols Hasty '90, all from Canton, Ga., gave the $1.5-million naming gift for the center. Additional support was received from other individuals and foundations.
"We simply had a dream, a vision -- to show our appreciation and to acknowledge all the remarkable things that Reinhardt College has done for the Hasty family," Mr. Hasty said. "We never dreamed that this concept or this hope we had would materialize to what it has in this beautiful student center. We are extremely grateful and humbled to have been included in this project.
"This facility will provide an attractive and comfortable place for the students to gather. They deserve no less. Hopefully, this facility will service and survive to instill pride for their College as they do all they can do to make the Reinhardt experience 'the way college should be.'"
Reinhardt Student Government President William "Billy" Jones of Cumming, Ga., spoke for the students during the event. 'This building will definitely help provide the venue of socializing, student organization meetings, and much more, he said. On behalf of the Student Government Association for 2007 and 2008, and especially the students of Reinhardt College, I express my appreciation to the Hasty family and to the rest of those who have helped build this building and further it along."
After reading a proclamation about the building from Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood also thanked the Hastys for their commitment, generosity and kindness. "It is truly an honor for the College to be so connected with the Hasty family," he said. "Today is a wonderful day for Reinhardt. I never tire of letting people know what a special place this College is. This is a campus of a beautiful spirit, and this building captures that spirit. When I say that this building is inviting, warm, open and purposeful, I not only describe this building but the spirit of this entire campus."
Dr. Roger R. Lee, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Reinhardt, described the central role the new center will play in campus life. "Along with our students, we intend to bring this building to life so that it lives, breathes, eats and sleeps. But, most of all, we want to develop it as the heart of this campus."
Christopher E. Dupree, chair of the College's Student Development Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees, and M. Garland Reynolds Jr., president of Reynolds Architects, PC, also spoke while the dedication service was led by the Rev. Dr. C.R. Hill, another trustee and the Hastys' pastor at Canton First United Methodist Church. The festivities concluded with lunch and tours of the building.
The Hasty Student Life Center is a 17,000-square-foot structure in the heart of Reinhardt's Waleska, Ga., campus. Its overall design reflects the Georgian architecture of the adjacent W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center, but the dramatic 'greenhouse' room features a picturesque fireplace and two stories of windows that frame a panoramic view of central campus.
Designed with student needs in mind, the $4.5-million center includes a recreation room and television/movie lounge,
a large bookstore serviced by Barnes & Noble, and an information kiosk. Offices for student government, residence life, counseling and career services, campus ministry, and student affairs also will be housed in this new facility.
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