Rev. Ira L. Andrews III '59 and Frank E. "Pepper" Laughon '59 were first to spend
the night in Andrews Hall on
August 11, 2011.
photo gallery to see images of their arrival.
Randolph-Macon College’s newly constructed Andrews
Hall is home to 104 freshmen, but on Friday, August 11, 2011 only two special
guests were assigned rooms. R-MC alumni Rev. Ira L. Andrews III ’59 and Frank E.
“Pepper” Laughon ’59 were the first occupants to spend the night in this new freshmen
“Pepper and I were so excited to be the first people to spend the night in Andrews
Hall,” said Andrews. “This beautiful, state-of-the-art, ‘green’ residence hall gives
witness to R-MC’s deep commitment to create and maintain an excellent educational
environment for its students as they prepare for leadership roles in the 21st century.”
Andrews Hall was named to honor the retired R-MC Dean of Students and former
religious studies Professor Emeritus Andrews for his 50-plus years of service
and dedication to R-MC. Construction of the Hall was made possible with a lead gift
from Laughon and his wife Stuart. Andrews and Laughon were hallmates at Randolph-Macon
College in the 1950s and have remained close friends over the years.
The two former classmates spent part of the evening in the new hall reminiscing.
“It was great to be able to ‘break in’ Andrews Hall with my dear friend,” said Laughon.
“The residence halls today are nothing like they were when Ira and I were students.
We had very small rooms and the bathrooms were at the end of the hall.”
Andrews added, “It was fun to get Pepper here to remember the fun that transpired
all those years ago when we lived on the same hall. It feels good to know that R-MC
is still a close-knit community, where students get one-on-one attention from faculty
and staff. And, this continues to be a place where they make lifelong friends."
Freshmen students officially moved into Andrews Hall on August 31. The facility
includes a 1,500-square-foot common room for academic and student organization use;
study areas; social areas; a gaming/TV room; a laundry facility; a staff apartment;
and a community porch. Four upperclassmen resident assistants will also live in
Andrews Hall. This is the first newly constructed building on campus since 1997
and the first significant student-housing facility constructed since 1972.
“This is an exciting time of growth for Randolph-Macon College,” said President
Robert R. Lindgren. “We are preparing to enroll the largest incoming freshmen class
in R-MC history. Andrews Hall will fill the demand we have for residential living
space. Our Board of Trustees predicted this type of growth, and two years ago approved
a Master Plan intended to take the college well into the next 20 to 30 years. The
plan suggests the best use of the college’s land and facility resources.”
Andrews Hall is well on track for LEED Silver certification with the potential of
receiving Gold certification. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,
is an internationally-recognized “green building” certification system to promote
sustainable building and development practices. The Hall also includes other environmental
features such as geo-thermal wells to collect and temper ground water for the heating
and ventilating system, and a system to collect and recycle rain water for toilets
and irrigation. In addition, solar panels are installed on the eastern side of the
building roof to help with the cost of electricity.
Ira L. Andrews III ’59
Ira L. Andrews’ collective experience at R-MC 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, a pre-ministerial program, 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 worked admirably through historic
milestones such as the college’s change from an all-male campus to a co-educational
one, and served under five presidents. He is also an ordained Methodist minister.
Pepper ’59 and Stuart Laughon
Pepper Laughon is the chairman emeritus and CEO of Richmond Cold Storage, a company
that operates refrigerated and dry-storage warehouses along the Mid-Atlantic States.
He is also founder and president of Flare Corporation, an international consulting
firm for refrigerated warehousing and distribution.
Laughon and his wife Stuart have been actively engaged with Randolph-Macon for many
years. He serves on the Board of Trustees, the Student Affairs Committee, the Athletic
Committee, and is 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
Building Extraordinary: The Campaign for Randolph-Macon
Randolph-Macon College kicked off the $100 million dollar capital campaign, Building
Extraordinary: The Campaign for Randolph-Macon College, in April 2011.
The campaign launched with an astounding $67 million in gifts already committed
and is designed to position the college for the next level of excellence. The goals
for the campaign are set forth by the college’s strategic and master plans. Priorities
for the campaign include upgrading and building state-of-the-art facilities, increasing
the endowment to provide greater opportunities and support for faculty and students
in and out of the classroom, and enhancing student outcomes through career and graduate
Andrews Hall is part of Phase One of the
R-MC Master Plan, which also included a new
tennis complex and baseball stadium, Hugh
Stephens Field at Estes Park . In December 2011, R-MC will break
ground on an addition to the McGraw-Page Library that will include a 24-hour study
area, restrooms and wireless Internet. Phase One construction also includes a renovation
and expansion of the Brown Campus Center, a redesign of the soccer fields, and a
new senior residence hall that is expected to be completed by August 2013.
For more information about Andrews Hall or Building Extraordinary, please
contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at 804-752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.