Mount Union College Begins 2003-2004 Academic Year
August 26, 2003
ALLIANCE, Ohio--- Mount Union College began the 2003-2004 Academic Year Monday, August 25 with 650 new freshmen and the first classes held in newly completed Bracy Hall.
Many students were among those to have class in the new natural sciences building, Bracy Hall, which opened for classes for the first time Monday. Bracy Hall houses the departments of biology, chemistry, geology, physics and astronomy. The building houses classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices. The facility was considered a long-range project until September 2000, when it became an immediate opportunity thanks to the generosity of James and Vanita Oelschlager who announced they would provide the lead gift for the facility. Vanita Oelschlager is a 1963 graduate of the College.
At the request of the Oelschlagers, the Mount Union College Board of Trustees named the facility in honor of Carl Bracy, the sixth president of the College, who made a significant impact on Mrs. Oelschlager's life when she was a student at the College.
Throughout the summer, progress was made as the building began to take shape. In August the interior finishing touches were added, including an inlaid seal of the College, which appears in the front lobby floor. The seal began as a highly detailed metal cast which arrived in one piece and was filled with colored granite chips and an epoxy binding matrix. After a three-step grinding process, the seal was finished with five coats of wax.
The students began arriving on campus last week, beginning with the freshmen class. After four days of orientation to prepare them for the transition to college life, the class of 2007 officially began their college career on Monday. The class took part in the annual Matriculation Convocation on Friday, August 22. The ceremony included the signing of the Matriculation Book and was followed by dinner with the faculty.
Upperclassmen had returned to campus over the weekend. A "Week of Welcome" takes place this week, offering various activities on campus sponsored by the Student Activities Council.