September 24, 2008 Edition

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Those participating in the dedication of Butler Hall on the Williams Baptist College campus on Friday included (from left): Susan M. Watson, WBC dean of students; Jim Tom and Connie Belle Butler; Dr. Jerol Swaim, WBC president; Rev. Frank Shell, chair of the WBC Board of Trustees; and Caleb Fulton, WBC senior from West Fork.

Butler Hall dedicated at Williams

With the cutting of a ribbon, Williams Baptist College formally dedicated Butler Hall on Friday. A sizable crowd of school and community officials, students, faculty and staff were on hand for the ceremony.

Butler Hall is an honors apartment facility for male students, located along McClellan Drive at WBC. The 8,900-square-foot structure provides housing for up to 29 men, and it was built at a cost of over $1.2 million. It was completed just before the start of the school year.

"Butler Hall is a beautiful building, and it represents a big step forward for residence life at Williams," Dr. Jerol Swaim, WBC president, said. "This is just the sort of housing that many students are seeking today when they head to college, and we are delighted to have a facility like this on our campus."

The facility is named for the Jim Tom Butler family of Harrisburg, which is giving $500,000 toward the project. Butler spoke briefly at the ceremony as his family looked on.

"We as a family are blessed beyond belief to be chosen by God as the messengers of this gift," he said. "All that we have comes from God, and we are just honored to be a part of this. We love Williams, and we hope it will always carry the same Christian commitment it does today."

In addition to the Butler family, Swaim expressed the college's appreciation to Dr. Gary and Una Dell Edwards of Newark, who also contributed substantially to the project.

Jim Tom Butler and Gary Edwards are both members of the Williams Board of Trustees. The Butler Hall dedication ceremony was held to coincide with Friday's regularly-scheduled meeting of the board.

Of the 500 students on the Williams campus this fall, approximately 350 are resident students who live on the campus, according to school officials.

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