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Union dedicates new Hope Quad

Union University President David S. Dockery (right) and Student Government Association President Micah Roeder cut the ribbon at a dedication ceremony for the new Hope Quad Aug. 27. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Union University President David S. Dockery (right) and Student Government Association President Micah Roeder cut the ribbon at a dedication ceremony for the new Hope Quad Aug. 27. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

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JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 30, 2010 – The name of the Hope Residence Complex at Union University will tell future generations the story of how God saved the university from the 2008 tornado and provided opportunities to move forward, Union President David S. Dockery said.

“Hope Quad comes as a testimony to the hope that God gave to us as a gift to sustain us coming out of Feb. 5, 2008,” Dockery said at a special dedication ceremony for the complex Aug. 27. “Hope is not a wish. It is a confident assurance in who God is and in his promises, a God who is active in the past and the God who has given us a future and who helps us today. It is that God who gives us hope.”

Hope Quad contains three residential buildings with 38 apartments and a capacity of 149 students. The fourth building to complete the quad is scheduled for construction at a later date.

Since the tornado, Union has built 20 residential buildings, with 246 apartments and 965 bedrooms.

At the ceremony, Dockery thanked Brasfield Construction and TLM Associates Inc. for their work in building and designing the facility, as well as Kimberly Thornbury, Union’s dean of students, and Gary Carter, senior vice president for business services, for their contributions to the project.

A plaque to be affixed to one of the buildings in the complex says the Hope Quad is “dedicated to the glory of our great and providential God with gratitude for the gift of sustaining hope.”

 

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8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery leads the dedication service for the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery leads the dedication service for the Hope Residence Complex. - Morris Abernathy
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8/27/10 - Richard Grimm, senior vice president for enrollment services, leads the Invocation for the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - Richard Grimm, senior vice president for enrollment services, leads the Invocation for the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Morris Abernathy
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8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery thanks everyone that had a hand in the planning and construction of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery thanks everyone that had a hand in the planning and construction of the Hope Residence Complex. - Morris Abernathy
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8/27/10 - Luke Pruett, residence director, reads scripture at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - Luke Pruett, residence director, reads scripture at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Morris Abernathy
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8/27/10 - Jerry Gist, Frank Wagster, Micah Roeder, President David S. Dockery, Ken Brasfield, Rod Parker, Kimberly Thornbury, and Gary Carter participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - Jerry Gist, Frank Wagster, Micah Roeder, President David S. Dockery, Ken Brasfield, Rod Parker, Kimberly Thornbury, and Gary Carter participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hope Residence Complex. - Morris Abernathy
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8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery bows his head as Rod Parker leads the benediction after the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery bows his head as Rod Parker leads the benediction after the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Morris Abernathy
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8/27/10 - David Blackstock, advancement officer, Jerry Gist, Jackson city major, and Frank Wagster chat before the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - David Blackstock, advancement officer, Jerry Gist, Jackson city major, and Frank Wagster chat before the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Beth Spain
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8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery speaks at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - President David S. Dockery speaks at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Beth Spain
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8/27/10 - Prominent members of the Union family participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - Prominent members of the Union family participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Beth Spain
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8/27/10 - Rebecca Thomas, sophomore elementary education and TESL double major, sings along with others in attendance at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - Rebecca Thomas, sophomore elementary education and TESL double major, sings along with others in attendance at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Beth Spain
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8/27/10 - Zachery Pendergrass, Jacqueline Taylor, and Renee Jones bow in prayer during the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - Zachery Pendergrass, Jacqueline Taylor, and Renee Jones bow in prayer during the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Beth Spain
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8/27/10 - Faculty and trustees applaud at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex.
8/27/10 - Faculty and trustees applaud at the dedication of the Hope Residence Complex. - Beth Spain

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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