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September 01, 2005
UD to Open New Academic Year, Break Ground for New Facility


The 153rd Opening Convocation of the University of Dubuque will begin at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, in Westminster Presbyterian Church. Groundbreaking for the Myers Teaching and Administrative Center will be a part of this service, with a procession to the construction site.

The 2005 University Opening Convocation celebrates our heritage, honors our Presbyterian tradition and Christian commitment, the diversity of our community, and the pursuit of academic excellence. The academic procession, led by bagpiper Dr. Kirk Witherspoon, will begin the ceremony.

As part of the Convocation, we will process to the Southeast corner of Grace and Bennett Streets for a groundbreaking service for the new Myers Center. Dr. Charles and Romona Myers, generous donors who have provided this building for students, faculty, and staff, will be present for the occasion. Designed to be light, airy, and conducive to teaching and learning, the 40,000 square foot facility will house classrooms, group study rooms, informal study nooks, a 100-seat lecture hall, a reception/meeting room, as well as administrative and faculty offices. The President's Office, as well as the Wendt Center for Character Development will be located in the building.

The Opening Convocation and Groundbreaking Service is an opportunity for the entire UD community to worship together and begin the academic year. Classes will be cancelled from 8:15 - 10:30 a.m. on September 7 to permit all College and Seminary students, faculty, and staff to participate. A reception will follow the Convocation and Groundbreaking Service on Sylvia's Patio on the University of Dubuque campus.