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FYI archives :: Oct. 2, 2009

Sports Update

Hudson KeenerThe Panthers opened their fall schedule with a fifth-place finish at the Birmingham Southern Fall Shootout in Birmingham, Ala. Junior Hudson Keener made the all-tournament team with a third-place finish in the individual standings. The team will play in the Berry Invitational in Rome, Ga., next Monday and Tuesday.

Michael MayLaGrange (1-3) fell  56-7 to No. 5 Wesley last Saturday at Callaway Stadium. Michael May threw a touchdown pass to Devin Billings for the Panthers’ touchdown. The team travels to Jefferson City, Mo., to face Lincoln University on Saturday.

Men’s Soccer
Aristote KambaThe Panthers (2-5, 0-2 GSAC) lost 2-1 to Piedmont in a GSAC game Tuesday at Panther Field. Aristote Kamba scored for LaGrange. The team is on the road against Maryville College on Saturday.

Women’s Soccer
Akina OmaeLaGrange (4-5, 2-3 GSAC) lost 3-1 to Piedmont in a GSAC game Tuesday at Panther Field. Akina Omae scored her fifth goal of the season for the Panthers. The team is on the road against Maryville College on Saturday.

Sarah NewlandThe Panthers (4-13) lost 3-0 to Huntingdon in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday. Sarah Newland and Hannah Brooks each had seven kills for the team. LaGrange plays at Brenau on Friday before hosting Trinity (Fla.) on Saturday beginning at noon.

Cross Country
Senior Bill Simons finished fifth for the Panthers at the LaGrange Invitational held last Saturday at Pyne Road Park. Amanda Olson was the top-finisher in the women’s portion of the meet. The Panther teams will compete in the Maryville Invitational on Saturday.

Sustainability tip
Sustainability tipSave some money through Oct. 4 during the energy- and water-efficient products sales tax holiday. The exemptions are limited to products with a purchase price of $1,500 or less that have been designated as meeting requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy “Energy Star” programs.

This tip is brought to you by the Sustainability Council, which supports the College’s sustainability campaign titled On Holy Ground: Cultivating Sustainability at LaGrange College.



Banks Hall now a ‘one-stop shop’ for students

Banks Hall now a ‘one-stop shop’ for studentsWhen the new Frank and Laura Lewis Library opened in the spring, the former William and Evelyn Banks Library was left empty – but not for long. Almost immediately, work began to transform the building into a new campus welcome center and one-stop shop for current and prospective students.

“(Now completed), the newly renovated Banks Hall will be the front door to the campus,” said Marty Pirrman, Vice President for Finance and Operations.

Banks is located across the street from convenient parking, and is a logical space for prospective students, their families and visitors, Pirrman said.

“The first floor, with its entrance off Springdale Drive, is home to the Admission Office,” he said. “Students needing assistance with course schedules, financial aid or billing issues will enter from the campus side (second floor), where they will find the Business Office, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office.”

Human Resources will round out that floor’s tenants, and the third floor will provide offices for senior administrators, as well as additional meeting space. 

“Locating these offices together provides a one-stop venue for better meeting the needs of our student body,” Pirrman said.

Dana Paul, Vice President for Enrollment, said the move “is a huge leap forward for both the Admission Office and for LaGrange College.”

“Banks Hall provides state-of-the-art accommodations, easy access for prospective student visitors and their families, and a wonderful first impression for those making their initial visit to campus,” he said. “It is difficult to overstate the positive impact our new location will have on prospective student campus visits, both now and in the future.”

Charles Smith, a 20-year member of the College’s Board of Trustees, served as construction manager for Banks Hall.

“While I don't play an active role in transforming the lives of students the way faculty and staff do, I have been gratified to participate in the transformation of facilities such as the Callaway Auditorium and now Banks Hall,” he said. “In both instances, we began with an outdated structure seemingly at the end of its lifecycle and transformed it into a highly efficient, functional space while preserving the timely exteriors that contribute so much to the character of our campus.”

Although exciting, the move has been bittersweet for some.

“I am a people person so I miss seeing the current students milling around (outside Smith Hall),” said Tracy Harden, Admission Receptionist. “But our new space is going to offer prospective students and their families so much. They can get all of their questions answered in one place.

“Now that the dust has settled and the drilling has stopped, it’s as if we’ve moved into a new house. There is excitement in the air.”

Renovations to the building were financed through the College’s Defining Moment fundraising campaign, which concludes this year.

An open house during Homecoming Weekend will allow campus and community members a chance to see the renovations. Banks Hall, as well as the Frank and Laura Lewis Library, will be open for tours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24.


Campus Notes

Lothar SchäferLothar Schäfer, Edgar Wertheim Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will present a lecture at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. The event, part of the Cultural Enrichment Program, will be in the Bailey Room in Smith Hall, and will feature his talk on “Quantum Reality and The Discovery of a Non-Empirical Part of Physical Reality: the New Relationship between Religion and Science.”

Dr. John WilliamsDr. John Williams, Professor of English, had his one-act  play, "Fish Hungry," named as the winner of the Society of Southwestern Authors' national one-act play competition last weekend in Tucson. The annual “Wrangling with Writing” conference staged a reading of the top three play finalists, and the audience voted for the winner.

Dr. Sharon LivingstonDr. Sharon Livingston, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, has a book chapter in the works, due for release in 2010. It will be included in “Problematizing service-learning: Critical reflections for development and action,” edited by Trae Stewart and Nicole S.  Webster.

Dr. John A. TuresDr. John A. Tures, Associate Professor of Political Science, had his article “Do Terrorists Win Elections?” published in the September issue of the Homeland Security Affairs Journal (, which is operated by the Naval Postgraduate School.  It analyzes whether or not Spanish and American voters were affected by terror attacks or threats in the 2004 elections in both countries.

Michael BishopMichael Bishop, Writer- in-Residence in the English Department, received the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story of 2008. His story, “The Pile," was based on notes that were found on one of his son Jamie's computers after his death.

October birthdays
3 Mitchell Turner
10 Brandon Mobley
11 Lee Johnson
  Jennifer Wiggins
16 Martha Pirkle
18 Emma Trammell
20 John Lawrence
21 Emily Cummins
22 Dan McAlexander
23 Ginger Truitt
25 Austin Cook III
30 Sybil Allen  (R)
  Virginia Burgess (R)

In the news
“LaGrange College reaches enrollment milestone” – Sept. 19, LaGrange Daily News

“LaGrange College freshman class second largest in school’s history” – Sept. 20, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

“Enrollment milestone for LaGrange College” – Sept. 21, Valley Times-News (Subscription required)

“LC one of first in nation to submit ‘green’ plan – Sept. 29, LaGrange Daily News

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