"Red Letter Day at Saint Martin's" will celebrate new college facilities
September 6, 2004
Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin's College will celebrate
progress on several fronts Sept. 10, as it breaks ground on a new
residence hall, and blesses recently completed student dining hall
renovation and expansion.
Alumni and friends of Saint Martin’s are invited to
participate in the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be at 5:30 p.m.
at the college’s residence hall complex. Following the groundbreaking, a
private dinner for members of the college’s top donor organization, the
Martin of Tours Society, will be given. The dinner will include the
blessing of the dining hall. The evening also will include a barbecue
for resident students.
The new residence hall, planned to open in fall 2005,
will be named for the college’s longest serving president, David R.
Spangler, who will retire next summer. Spangler, a 1962 engineering
graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, earned a
doctorate in structural dynamics from the University of Illinois. He
taught at both West Point and the U.S. Army Engineer School before
joining Saint Martin’s as an engineering faculty member in 1982. He has
served as the college's president since 1984.
The 46,000-square-foot residence hall will have space
for 150 students. The residence hall project also will include
renovations to the college’s Burton Residence Hall.
The college’s renovated dining hall and recently
opened 112-seat addition, has received a formal name, that of St.
Gertrude Dining Hall, in honor of the Benedictine Sisters of St.
Gertrude Monastery, Cottonwood, Idaho. Located in the Old Main building,
the dining hall has served students for most of Saint Martin’s history.
Nuns from St. Gertrude’s operated the school’s kitchens and provided
other services for Saint Martin’s from 1904 until 1954.
For more information about Red Letter Day at Saint
Martin’s, please contact Gary Mulhall, director of institutional
advancement, or Todd Monohon, director of development, (360) 438-4366.
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