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August 29, 2005

Dedication of Cowley’s newest classroom building to be Thursday


Daisy E. and Paul H. Brown firmly believed that education was important.

A part of their legacy has come to fruition on Cowley College’s Arkansas City campus with the completion of the Webb-Brown Academic Center. The newest Cowley classroom building will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the building’s location, Third Street and Washington Avenue. The public is invited to attend.

The Daisy E. and Paul H. Brown Charitable Trust helped make the $3.1 million building become a reality with a $350,000 gift, the largest single gift in the history of the college. Approximately $150,000 in additional funds was raised toward the capital campaign.

Ground was broken on the facility on Feb. 24, 2004, and the building was completed in time for this fall semester’s classes, which began Aug. 18.

The building, which had been in the planning stages since 2002, has two levels. On the ground floor are two computer labs, one large classroom, a faculty training room, and offices for the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department. The department moved from the Kerr Technology Building this summer. On the second floor there are five classrooms, the Institute of Lifetime Learning, and a conference room.

Inside the main foyer is a sculpture by Arkansas City artist Gary Kahle titled Waterfalls.

The Brown’s gift is part of their generosity and love for Arkansas City.

On their dedication plaque reads, “May you gain great wisdom on life’s journey.”