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Dedication for New Residence Hall A Celebration Of UC's Future And Past

Date: Oct. 25, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photo by Carrie Cochran
Archive: General News

A formal dedication of the University of Cincinnati's new $39 million Jefferson Residence Hall Complex will not only reveal the current and future transformation of UC's campus, but will also honor the memory of the UC pioneers the complex is named after, recognizing their continuing legacy at the university. The dedication will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the main lobby of the Turner Residence Hall. UC President Joseph A. Steger and Mitchel D. Livingston, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services will lead the ceremony. Lobby of Turner Hall

The Jefferson Complex is divided into two sections -- Herman Schneider Hall, named for the former UC president and dean of the UC College of Engineering, and the founder of the nation's first cooperative program, which started at UC back in 1906. The ceremony will have a perspective of just how much that program has grown and benefited the modern student.

Darwin T. Turner Hall is named for the youngest person ever to graduate from UC. Turner, an African American, became one of the nation's greatest scholars of African American literature. He was just 13 years old when he started at UC and was 16 when he was awarded his bachelor's degree in 1947 (He earned a UC master's degree in English in 1949 and later earned a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago). A UC scholarship program in his name continues to support academically talented students of color.

The ceremony will hold the personal story of one of the Turner Scholars, as well as remarks from Turner's widow, Mrs. Jean Turner, who is flying in from Iowa City to attend the dedication.

Mrs. Turner says her late husband would have been pleased that the complex houses the Turner Scholars, some of UC's highest achievers. "He was very interested in education and putting forth the best effort, so he would be really proud of the fact that Turner Scholars and other honors students are living in this dormitory."

The dedication will also feature the portrait unveilings of both Darwin T. Turner and Herman Schneider. The portraits will be permanently placed in the halls that bear their name. Tours of the first modern residence hall to be built on campus in more than 30 years will be held after the dedication.

The complex is located along University and Jefferson Avenues. Parking is available in the Scioto/Jefferson Garage.

Background on the Jefferson Residence Hall Complex.

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