On a glorious late-summer day, Heidelberg officially dedicated the new Adams Hall. Donors, dignitaries, trustees and several hundred students, faculty and staff took part in the ceremony.
The dedication Saturday (Sept. 18) was part of a celebratory weekend at Heidelberg that saw the launch of the Patricia Adams Lecture Series, the second Heidelberg Business Conference, the annual Fellows Day luncheon and the first home football game of the 2010 season.
Following a welcome by Board of Trustees chairperson Sondra Gerhardt Libman, ’67, and a prayer by John Adams Jr., the son of major benefactor John Q. Adams, ’58, Heidelberg greeted an old friend, Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, who was Heidelberg’s president when Adams decided to make a $2 million gift for the renovation project.
“Heidelberg could not have any better friends than John and Pat Adams,” Dottavio said, adding that during his time as president, few surpassed John’s vision, loyalty and passion for Heidelberg. Calling Adams “a world-class entrepreneur and a first-class Texan,” Dottavio said his friend “sees beyond where most stop.” Adams Hall has potential to transform the School of Business and raise the aspirations and the reputation of Heidelberg, he added.
“John Adams lives in remarkable ways. His truly is a life of purpose with distinction.”
In his remarks, Adams expressed his appreciation for the efforts of all who made the transformation of Adams Hall possible. As Heidelberg’s leadership team determined how best to utilize Adams’ gift, they kept at the forefront his desire to bring the outside world to Heidelberg students. As a result, the new hall is equipped with cutting-edge videoconferencing, networking and technology for teaching and learning.
“Students don’t get many opportunities like these, but we can bring it to them,” Adams said. “We need to prepare them for the real world.”
Adams reiterated his long-standing vision and expectation that Heidelberg’s School of Business, now housed in Adams Hall, will be a top-notch business school with an outstanding reputation in the region and the nation. “We really want to make this a place of distinction.” He thanked the donors who, through their time, talent and gifts, share his vision for the facility and the School of Business.
President Robert H. Huntington assured Adams that the new facility and the enhanced business curriculum will lead Heidelberg there. “The Heidelberg School of Business will continuously change to keep pace and to forge ahead with a global mindset focused on the fundamental challenges of leadership, ethics, strategy, problem solving and execution,” President Huntington said. “This wonderful facility, with its innovative instructional technology and cutting-edge multi-media capabilities, will enable us to meet the demands of each new undergraduate and graduate class. “The students who have filled this building already provide the pulse of why we work here. Most importantly, our faculty will lead us forward.”
Adams Hall, he said, “stands as a constant reminder of our higher education quest and our unrelenting commitment to surpass good and achieve greatness.”
Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health and the recipient of an honorary degree from Heidelberg in 2004, along with Tiffin Mayor James Boroff, ’73, also brought greetings from their respective offices. Senior Amanda Neubauer represented the students and Dr. James Chudzinski, senior member of the business faculty and professor of economics, represented his colleagues with remarks. Campus Minister the Rev. Paul Sittason Stark blessed the building. Trustee John Kratz, ’63, who co-chaired the fund-raising campaign with Adams, officially recognized the major donors to the project.
Prior to the dedication, major donors to the Adams Hall renovation project gathered on the front lawn for a Gifts of Distinction brunch, during which university administrators and campaign leadership expressed their thanks for their significant role in the transformation of the facility.
President Huntington said the day’s events provided a platform to celebrate academic excellence on a grand scale. He specifically thanked Adams and Kratz for their leadership role in raising $4 million “to preserve the beauty of (the former) Laird Hall and renovate its interior.”
“We grabbed hold of the boat and rowed it together,” the president said. “This was a team effort to get to the front door of Adams Hall, and we are truly grateful.”
Adams encouraged the donors to continue on the path to giving back to Heidelberg. “It’s extremely important that we all make an effort to give back to the institution that contributed so much to our success,” he said.