(l. to r.) Stuart Laughon, Pepper Laughon, Anne Andrews,
Ira Andrews, President Lindgren
here for a slideshow from the event.
Andrews Hall, a 108-bed, suite-style freshmen facility.
Randolph-Macon College held a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, October 25, 2010
in honor of the construction of a new residence hall. Andrews Hall, a residence
for freshmen, is expected to be completed in August 2011.
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren welcomed guests to the ground-breaking site, located
near the football field on Henry Street. “This is a great day in the life of the
college and the tangible beginning of a campus Renaissance that will make the quality
of our facilities the equal of our wonderful academic programs,” said Lindgren.
“Students often choose a college based on visual appeal and quality of life issues,
and this beautiful new residence hall will be a major draw for the next generations
of Randolph-Macon students, because it combines beauty with comfort and modern conveniences
– all the things students are looking for.”
Ira Andrews III ’59
The hall is named in honor of Ira Andrews III ’59, R-MC professor emeritus of religious studies and retired dean
of students. Andrews’ collective experience at the college spans more than 50 years.
As a student, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and
was a member of Clericus and the Glee Club. After graduating, Andrews earned a master
of divinity degree from Emory University, where he was elected to Omicron Delta
Kappa. He returned to R-MC as a professor of religious studies and was later appointed
to serve as dean of students. He is also an ordained Methodist minister.
New Residence Hall
The Andrews Hall, a 108-bed, suite-style freshmen facility, will include a 1,500-square-foot
common room for academic and student organization use, study areas, a gaming/TV
room, a laundry facility, a staff apartment and a community porch. Construction
of the Hall was made possible by a lead gift by Frank E. “Pepper” Laughon Jr. ’59
and his wife Stuart.
“This great new facility, which will allow us to house more students on campus and
to grow modestly over the next decade, would not have been possible without the
generosity of Stuart and Pepper Laughon,” said Lindgren.
Laughon serves on the R-MC Board of Trustees, Student Affairs Committee, the Athletic
Committee and as chair of the Greek Alumni Advisory Board. In 2003, the Laughons
established the Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award, which is
presented annually to an R-MC student organization or individual making significant
contributions to enrich the lives of others. In 2007, Laughon received the Distinguished
Alumnus Award for his service to the college.
Lindgren and the Andrews were joined by the Laughons and Board of Trustees member
and chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee Harold Starke ’67 as ground was
broken. Others who participated in the ceremony were: Treasurer John Ahladas, Provost
William Franz, Dean of Admissions David Lesesne, Vice President for Advancement
Diane Lowder, Dean of Students Grant Azdell, Student Government Association President
Jim Davidson ’11, Alexis Durnwirth ’11, Brandon Alwan ’11, and Maurice Law, project
manager, English Construction.
“We are honored that this beautiful residence hall is named after our beloved Ira
Andrews,” said Lindgren. "Over the amazing span of five decades, Ira has been an
inspirational teacher, wise and steady dean of students, and mentor and friend to
legions of students, faculty and staff. Ira has left an indelible mark on R-MC;
no one is left unchanged for the better for having encountered this fine, gentle
man. This building bearing his name will memorialize his service and recognize him
forever. I am delighted that this exciting project is officially underway. I hold
this shovel on behalf of our future students, who I know will appreciate what we
are starting today.”
Breaking Ground: New Construction at R-MC
Bricks. Mortar. Turf. And a backhoe or two. The Randolph-Macon College campus is
undergoing major changes in conjunction with its Master Plan. Development of the
Plan, which was approved in February 2009 by the Board of Trustees, was a collaborative
process involving faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and members of the
With the addition of a new residence hall, new tennis courts, new baseball and football
fields, an update to the library, and renovations to Fox Hall and Haley Hall, a
bright future is slated for R-MC.
A few highlights from Phase One:
Smith Street was moved about a block north of its original location.
Fox Hall renovations of new furniture, new windows and classroom
upgrades were completed earlier this year.
The Andrews Residence Hall construction is underway, and the expected
completion date is August 2011. The building will have solar panels and a geothermal
A ribbon-cutting and dedication celebrating the opening of the new tennis courts
was held on October 9.
The new Hugh F. Stephens baseball field will be completed in early
spring 2011. The Yellow Jackets’ first game will take place against St. Mary’s.
Construction on the John B. Werner Pavilion at the McGraw-Page
Library will begin in spring 2011. The pavilion will provide a 24/7 study space.
The new football field will be moved to a north-south position.
It is projected to be completed in summer 2012.
Be sure to visit www.rmc.edu in the coming weeks for a feature focusing
on new construction, plans and photos. The R-MC Web cam, located on the northwest
corner of campus, will monitor construction progress.