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.”
Due to inclement weather, all Union campuses will be closed on Thursday, March 5, with all day and evening classes canceled.
The wellness center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the aquatic center will be open from 1-3 p.m.
Friday's Preview Day has been canceled.
Nathan Shoemaker's junior recital has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Hartley Recital Hall.
Brewer Dining Hall will be open from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for continuous service.