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Catawba College Plans October 15th Dedication of the Residence Halls of Abernethy Village

October 10, 2007

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Abernethy VillageCatawba College plans to dedicate the five new residence halls of Abernethy Village during a 4:30 p.m. outdoor ceremony on the Abernethy Quadrangle on Monday, October 15. Donors for whom the residence halls are named will be on hand for the dedication, along with other friends of the College who made gifts to help fund campus construction projects.

To Be Dedicated
Abernethy Village
, a complex of five residence halls which stands in the place of Abernethy Hall, will be dedicated as a tribute and memorial to the Abernethy Family. Abernethy Hall was originally dedicated in 1966 in honor of Julius Whitener Abernethy Sr. of Newton, a longtime Catawba trustee and benefactor. Julius Abernethy's nephew, Claude S. Abernethy, Jr., and his great-nephew, C. Shuford Abernethy, III '82, both serve on the College Board of Trustees.

Fuller Hall is named in honor of Gene '52 and Jane Fuller of Charlotte in recognition of their generous support of Catawba. Mr. Fuller, a retired commercial real estate developer who now manages commercial property which he owns, serves his alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Goodman Hall — East is named in memory of Enoch Alvin Goodman, Jr. '38 of Salisbury who led his family's business, Hedrick Industries, and the Goodman Foundation. He served his alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees for over 50 years and was one of the College's most generous benefactors. He played football, basketball, and tennis and was inducted into the College's Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. He received an honorary doctorate of humanitarian services degree in 1968. 

Goodman Hall — West is named in memory of Dorothy Hedrick Goodman '38 of Salisbury who served as an officer in the family business of B.V. Hedrick Gravel and Sand Company and the Goodman Foundation. She received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Catawba in 1975. In addition to her interest in and generous support of Catawba, she was widely known for her volunteer work in numerous benevolent organizations.

Graham Hall is named in honor of William M. and Shari Marshall Graham of Salisbury, both members of Catawba's Class of 1983, in recognition of their generous support of their alma mater. Bill Graham is a partner with Wallace and Graham Law Firm and serves on the College Board of Trustees. Shari, formerly employed as an assistant vice president of NCNB in Charlotte, is involved in local and regional philanthropic causes.

Purcell Hall is named in honor of the Purcell Family of Salisbury. Sisters Alice and Marion Purcell grew up in Salisbury where their father owned Purcell's Drug Stores. Alice, a retired music teacher, has traveled extensively and has been a generous benefactor to her church, Catawba, and the local community. Marion, a 1936 alumna of the College and a generous benefactor, is a retired librarian who has enjoyed archaeology as a hobby.

Within the various residence halls, floors are named in recognition of individuals who have made substantial gifts to support facilities projects on campus. These individuals and the floors dedicated in their honor are indicated below:

Goodman Hall — East

  • 1st Floor — Hampton Floor is named in honor of Claude Hampton ;
  • 2nd Floor — Summit Developers Floor is named in honor of Summit Developers ;
  • 3rd Floor — Leonard Floor is named in honor of Barry & Clara Leonard

Goodman Hall — West

  • 1st Floor — Cook Floor is named in honor of Bob & Sara Cook ;
  • 2nd Floor — F & M Floor is named in honor of F & M Bank ;
  • 3rd Floor — Hinson Electrical Floor is named in honor of Hinson Electrical

Fuller Hall

  • 1st Floor — Fisher Floor is named in honor of Paul & Sue Fisher ;
  • 2nd Floor — Ritchie Floor is named in honor of Raymond & Shirley Ritchie ;
  • 3rd Floor — Ramseur Floor is named in honor of Walt & Hilda Ramseur

Purcell Hall

  •  1st Floor — Fowler Floor is named in honor of Newton & Nancy Fowler ;
  •  2nd Floor — Taylor Clay Floor is named in honor of Taylor Clay Products ;
  •  3rd Floor — Smith Floor is named in honor of Wilson & Evelyeen Smith

Graham Hall

  • 1st Floor — Alcorn Floor is named in honor of Greg & Missie Alcorn ;
  • 2nd Floor — Bauk Floor is named in honor of Mike & Elizabeth Bauk ;
  • 3rd Floor — Cloninger Floor is named in honor of Larry & Susan Cloninger

Residence Halls' Features

The residence halls of Abernethy Village collectively house 124 students in single and double room accommodations. Access to them is limited to upper-class students (juniors and seniors).

Abernethy VillageTwo of the halls (Goodman East and Goodman West) feature suite-style living spaces which share common study areas on the second and third floors and two kitchens per building which are shared by residents on all three floors. Three of the halls (Fuller, Graham and Purcell) feature apartment-style living spaces with a kitchen per apartment.

All five halls are sprinkled and are handicap accessible on each first floor level. There is complete wireless coverage in each hall, in addition to the wired network connection provided for each student in each bedroom. This means that students can connect to the Internet anywhere within the residence hall.

These five halls, like Catawba's other residence halls, are equipped with new 'smart card' or campus 'one card' technology. This technology incorporates a chip which allows students access to their residence hall by simply flashing their card near a proximity reader and a magnetic stripe which allows students to obtain meals in the dining hall or make purchases in the college bookstore, debiting their account. The 'smart card' technology also allows remote monitoring of the entrances to the residence halls, indicating when doors are ajar, and recording which students enter the halls at what times.

Energy efficient lighting has been installed in each hall and Energy Star appliances (washers and refrigerators) are also used in each.

Special Thanks
Three companies were instrumental in the successful, on-time completion of the residence halls of Abernethy Village. They include Lawler-Wood, L.L.C of Knoxville, Tennessee, Walter Robbs Callahan and Pierce Architects, P.A. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Summit Developers, Inc., of Salisbury.