Gulley Gateway dedication set for Family Weekend
April 24, 2009
The dedication ceremony for the new pedestrian bridge, which is to be
christened the Gulley Gateway, will be one of the many highlights of
this year’s Family Weekend scheduled for May 1 – 3.
The ceremony is set to take place at noon on Saturday, May 2, on
the north side of the new arch that will connect the Lewis Library to
adjacent parking. In January, the board of trustees announced that the
bridge would be named for departing President Stuart Gulley and his
wife, Kathleen, to honor the couple’s 13 years of service to the
It was hoped that construction would be completed in time for the
dedication, but weather delays have pushed the actual opening of the
bridge to the end of May.
Before and after the bridge dedication, a number of noteworthy
events and time-honored traditions have been planned to fill the Family
The activities begin Friday, May 1, at noon when the Family Council
hosts its spring meeting at Sunny Gables Alumni House, which also will
serve as the Family Weekend registration destination from 1 until 5
At 2:30 that afternoon, everyone will gather at First United
Methodist Church to take part in Honors Convocation, the College’s
annual achievement ceremony. Afterward, student research presentations
will be offered in the Fellowship Hall.
Other highlights Friday include the 6 p.m. Legacy Dinner in the
Dickson Assembly Room and the Senior Art Exhibit Opening Reception from 6
to 8 p.m. in Lamar Dodd Art Center.
On Saturday, a Breakfast Reception will be held at 9 a.m. in the
Dickson Assembly Room, which also is the site for the 9:30 a.m. Parent
At 10:30 Saturday morning, attendees can choose to take a tour of
the new Lewis Library, or they may prefer to gather in the Dickson
Assembly Room for a presentation on the Selu Project, which will provide
information on artifacts unearthed during the site preparations for
the new library.
After the Gulley Gateway dedication, the Maidee Smith Patio will be
the location for the 12:30 p.m. Family/Student Picnic, which will offer
opportunities for students and their families to have their photos
taken. Music will be provided by Griff Parrish.
The long-standing tradition of Step-singing has a new time and
location this year. The competition begins at 2 p.m. on the steps of
Pitts Dining Hall, with the audience gathered on the Lewis Library
At 4 p.m. the ever-popular tradition of Cow Patty Bingo takes place
on the Residential Quad. Student organizations hold open houses and
sororities host teas at 4:30 p.m. Fraternity open houses take place at
Saturday’s events will be capped off at 8 p.m. on the Residential
Quad with the Student Government Association’s spring concert featuring
Ingram Hill, a band described as “pop rock with a southern twist.”
The events continue Sunday with a brunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Pitts Dining Hall.