Friday, October 21, 2011

College dedicates Caldwell Commons

Lucy Williams Hooper ’73, Katharine “Kitty” Stark Caldwell ’74, and President John E. Klein

Randolph College dedicated a newly renovated area on campus Friday morning, honoring Katharine “Kitty” Stark Caldwell ’74 for her generosity and dedication in service to the College.

Caldwell Commons includes a refreshing foyer area with leather furniture, the campus store, and three conference rooms. Located near Cheatham Dining Hall, it offers students a place to relax and mingle throughout the day.

Some quotes from the dedication ceremony:

“She has been out all over the country raising friends for the College, improving relationships, and, by her own example of generosity, inspiring others to give.” — Lucy Williams Hooper ’73, chair of the Board of Trustees

“Kitty leads a very busy life, but she always has a place and time for the College.” — President John E. Klein.
“I don’t know of any other trustee who will go to the Texas Inn at midnight to eat a Cheesy Western.”Don Giles, a member of the Board of Trustees, speaking of Caldwell

“It’s been a tremendous privilege to serve with the Randolph-Macon ladies who are on this board. To see their character, their determination, their hard work.… It’s been a real inspiration for me.” — Don Giles
Janie Campbell '12

“When I first arrived back on campus this summer, I saw Caldwell Commons, and I was taken aback at how much it had transformed. … It really enhances the spirit of the college. The whole campus has a heightened sense of pride.” — Janie Campbell ’12

“This is so special. It’s so beautifully done and quite an asset to the college.” — Frances Jones Giles ’65, former member of the Board of Trustees

Caldwell has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002. In 2008, she and her husband Hacker Caldwell gave a $1 million gift to the College.

They also helped fund the creation of an illustrated book documenting 100 years of the Maier Museum of Art Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

The Caldwells live in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.