Residence Hall Dedication Honors UC Pioneers
Date: Nov. 8, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
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Photos by Lisa Ventre
Archive: General News
It was a day to remember two UC pioneers and their continued contributions to the university, as an Oct. 30 dedication ceremony was held for the new $39 million Jefferson Residence Hall Complex.
University of Cincinnati President Joseph A. Steger and Mitchel D. Livingston, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, led the dedication ceremony. Special guests included Mrs. Jean Turner, wife of the late Darwin Turner, and his children, Darwin Keith Turner and Pamela R. Turner Welch, both UC graduates.
Darwin T. Turner Hall is named in memory of the youngest person ever to graduate from UC. Turner became one of the nation's greatest scholars of African American literature. Herman Schneider Hall is named for the former UC president, dean of the College of Engineering and founder of the nation's first cooperative program, which started at UC back in 1906.
"He was dean of the college for 33 years and coined the phrase the university still recognizes nearly 100 years later: co-op," said Stephen Kowel, dean of the College of Engineering, of Schneider. "We hope every student who lives here will recognize and come to know the core values Herman Schneider established so long ago."
Kettil Cedercreutz, associate provost and director of professional practice, said Schneider had a profound impact on campus, and that giving him an address on MainStreet would continue to chart UC's future.
In honoring the memory of Darwin T. Turner, Turner Scholarship recipient and marketing major Justin Gibson said the Turner family emphasized that failing would not be tolerated, that mediocrity cannot be accepted and that excellence is the standard. Turner scholarship recipient Mai Vu, a biology and pre-medicine major, said it was the support of the program that guided her in pursuing a career as a physician.
P. Eric Abercrumbie, director of Ethnic Programs and Services, recalled that 58 years ago when Turner was a student at UC, he could walk on campus, but not live on campus. Abercrumbie said the dorm that now honors his name is a symbol of how UC is committed to diversity and is sensitive to the community.
Other speakers at the dedication included Ebony Moore, president of the UC Residence Hall Association, Sarah Reulbach, president of the Engineering Tribunal, and Mrs. Jean Turner, who said the Turner Scholars who live in the residence hall reflect the excellence her late husband had strived for.
Kourtney Punch, a second year aerospace engineering major, assisted James R. Tucker, Vice President for Administrative and Business Services, in the unveiling of a portrait of Herman Schneider, which will hang in the lobby of the Schneider residence hall. Turner scholarship recipient and political science major Angela Mullins assisted Vice President for Finance Dale McGirr in the unveiling of the Turner portrait, which will be displayed in the lobby of the Darwin T. Turner residence hall.
Following the ceremony, students led attendees on tours of the new dorm. Mrs. Jean Turner, Darwin Keith Turner and Pamela R. Turner Welch took a special tour of Turner Hall, accompanied by Turner Scholar Kourtney Punch. Turner Hall also holds the first classroom ever to be located in a UC residence hall.