2009 Centre Story of the Year
January 21, 2010 By Leigh Ivey
Sounds: Campus Center Opening Night." In the months since
its opening, the centrally located Campus Center has made a
significant and positive impact on the lives of Centre community
The runner-up is "The Ice Storm of 2009: A story in photos."
With so many newsworthy events taking place at Centre College last year, determining the Story of the Year was no easy task.
The Centre community, however, was up to the challenge, and one story emerged the winner: Sights and Sounds: Campus Center Opening Night.
The new Campus Center, a two-story, 50,000 square foot facility, opened in October 2009. The building not only holds the new Cowan Dining Commons but also a grille/snack bar, the Student Life Office, a game room, conference rooms, comfortable socializing spaces and much more.
The runner-up for the 2009 Centre Story of the Year Award was The ice storm of 2009: A story in photos. This Sights and Sounds magnificently illustrates the ice and snowstorm that devastated much of Kentucky last January.
These are but two of the many fascinating events occurring at Centre last year. Others include…
…Forbes's ranking the College No. 14 among all U.S. colleges and universities. Centre also ranks No. 14 on the 2009 "Top Private Colleges" list and appears on the "Best College Buys" list. (And Forbes has just named Centre as the best institution of higher education in the South. For more, click here.)
…the announcement that lacrosse will make its debut at the College in fall 2010. The "fastest sport on two feet" will be added to Centre's list of intercollegiate sports, bringing the total number of athletic offerings to 23.
…Pearl Hall's becoming first Gold LEED certified building in Kentucky. The College's newest residence hall, which opened in 2008, has been granted GOLD LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
…the arrival of Centre's first class of Brown Fellows. The 10 first-year students received the state's premier fellowship, which covers tuition, room and board, four summer enrichment experiences and more.
…the release of the most comprehensive history of Centre ever written. Edited by C. Thomas Hardin '63, former director of photography at the Courier-Journal, and written by Bob Hill, a retired Courier-Journal writer and columnist, Our Standard Sure: Centre College Since 1819 captures the College's history from the days preceding its founding to the present.
…the unveiling of the "Centre's Your Passport" initiative. Beginning this fall, all incoming first-year students who do not own a passport will be given one, free of charge. The program demonstrates Centre's commitment to helping students become global citizens—and, of course, to helping them study abroad, which nearly 85 percent of Centre students do.
To learn more about the numerous changes that happened at Centre just last year, click here.