Beacon Dedication Celebrates University's Bright Future
Members of the Virginia Wesleyan University community braved the rain February 20 to celebrate a bright new light on campus-The Beacon. A dedication ceremony was held in the Atrium of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center where guests could look out at the
updated structure in University Commons.
"The Bell Tower," as it was previously known, was built adjacent to Monumental Chapel in 1975 and quickly became a campus icon. During the University's campus master planning process in 2016, structural deficiencies were identified in the 44-year-old tower,
and the choice was given to either strengthen it through complete restoration or remove it within three years for safety reasons.
Findings on this and other projects were presented to the University's Board of Trustees, and longtime Trustee Jane P. Batten funded the initiative. At the dedication, Dr. Miller thanked Mrs. Batten for her untiring support of the University and this project.
"It is fitting and proper that this once proud symbol of our historic past is now, with its new look, an iconic beacon lighting the way for the future," said Dr. Miller.
Pictured at top (from left): Board Chair David L. Kaufman, Trustee Emerita Jane P. Batten, and President Scott D. Miller.
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