Farris Hall dedicated to long-time contributor

The newest residence facility to be added to campus was dedicated on Oct. 20 in honor of 1942 alumna Martha White Farris.

Over the years, Farris has been a supporter of the university, making charitable gifts for building projects as well as serving as honorary chair in the Challenge Beyond 2000 campaign.

At the dedication, President Dr. Randy O’Rear spoke of Farris’ many contributions to the university and to her home community of Floydada, Texas, where she has been involved with the school board, the library, the Caprock Council of Girl Scouts and her church. He hopes that the building will be a reminder of her service.

“When it came time to choose a name for this complex, it was not too difficult,” O’Rear said. “We knew that we wanted to name it in honor of someone who represented the best of UMHB, whose example would always remind students that a life lived in Christian service is a life well lived.”

With a record 3,137 students, 1,541 of whom live on campus, O’Rear said that the apartment complex is part of the university’s vision for a growing residential campus.

“The hallmark of a Mary Hardin-Baylor education has always been the personal attention we provide to our students, and as we grow, we believe it is important to provide our students with safe, affordable housing on campus so they can learn and live in a supportive, Christian setting,” he said.

Student body President Kassidy Harris spoke at the ceremony, emphasizing the school’s dedication to its many students.

He said, “The quality of work and detail of this building makes it clear that the university values the experience students have here and that the way we live is important to the faculty and staff.”

Junior nursing major Ashleigh Holden took the podium to speak as a Farris Hall resident, citing the convenient location of the building, the scenic views from the windows and the up-to-date appliances that come in the apartments.

President Dr. Randy O’ Rear, third from left, and other special guests cut the ribbon outside of Farris Hall. The building was named after generous donator Martha White Farris. Photo by JC Jones.

“Having the opportunity to live in Farris Hall this fall has made it a very special one for me,” she said.

In addition to the other benefits of the new building, Holden said her favorite part is the privacy that comes with having her own bedroom and bathroom.

“I have learned that this amount of personal space allows for good relations among roommates,” she said.

Holden said that when she is asked about living in the new residence hall, she tells others that they feel more like apartments for adults than typical student housing.

She said, “They are luxurious, comfortable and charming, and I look more forward to coming home each day than I ever have before.”


Author: JC Jones

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