Trevecca dedicates newest building on campus

Trevecca Nazarene University celebrated the completion of the Jackson Center for Music and Worship Arts on Friday with a dedication and ribbon cutting, followed by an open house.

“We stand here in what is the middle of a miracle,” Dr. Dan Boone, president of Trevecca said during the dedication. “When we talk about great stories, this is one of the great stories of Trevecca that I think will be told for years to come.”

The Jackson Center stands on the former Volunteer Express site at 502 Lester Avenue, which once housed loading docks and office space for the trucking company, part of the Quickway Distribution Services family of companies. After purchasing the property in November 2015, the University worked with Earl Swensson Associates and American Builders to transform the existing infrastructure into a state-of-the art music building.

The Jackson Center opened for classes in January.

The University had several opportunities to buy the property over the years, most notably in 1943 when then President A.B. Mackey was on the way to Volunteer Express with a check in hand. But the Adams Administration Building caught fire that day, Mackey missed his appointment and the $6,000 set aside for the purchase was used to rebuild the fire-damaged building.

Dr. Homer Adams, president emeritus of Trevecca, recalled that moment in his prayer over the building during Friday’s dedication service.

“We were fighting fire when it was time to close the deal, and the opportunity was lost,” he said. “For years we’ve been driving past this property, lifting a prayer. And the day came that it became a reality, and we are so grateful.”

During the dedication, Trevecca officials recognized key donors as well as architects, builders and representatives of Volunteer Express Trucking. Dr. Bill Jackson, lead donor for the building, was on hand for the celebration, as were many other donors, alumni, students, faculty and friends of the University.

Following the dedication, guests were invited to tour the new building during an open house. Trevecca students provided musical accompaniment at several locations throughout the building during the tour.

In celebration of the building’s dedication, Trevecca’s School of Music and Worship Arts has planned a week of special musical events. For more information, click here.

To watch the dedication service in its entirety, click here.

Donors who named spaces in the Jackson Center are:

  • JACKSON CENTER FOR MUSIC & WORSHIP ARTS Given by William R. Jackson to honor Josie P. Jackson and Robbi J. Jackson
  • CIERPKE CHORAL HALL Given to honor Dr. Tim Cierpke by the John R. Dunn Family
  • DUNN BROADCAST & LI VE RECORDING STUDIO Given by the John R. Dunn Family
  • THURBER CLASSOOM Given by the Estate of Sharon Thurber ’69
  • THE LOFT Made possible by the Family of Claude Diehl
  • DEGARMO CONFERENCE ROOM Given by Eddie DeGarmo ’17 and Susan DeGarmo
  • STORY PRACTICE ROOM Given by Deborah Story ’94
  • MARY AND YVONNE PRACTICE ROOM Given by James and Judith Baker in memory of their mothers
  • PIERCE PRACTICE ROOM Given by Dr. Jerry Pierce ’96 and Dr. Rebecca Pierce ’95
  • HASTINGS PRACTICE ROOM Given by Don Hastings ’69 and B.K. Hastings ’69
  • DAVIS PRACTICE ROOM Given by Charles Davis ’70 and Vonnie Davis
  • SID GHOLSON MUSIC LIBRARY Given by Crystal Gholson
  • OFFICE OF THE DEAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC & WORSHIP ARTS Given in memory of Dr. Robert S. Mitchell, Sr. ’61
  • OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE DEAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC & WORSHIP ARTS Given by J. Howard Ragsdale and Susan Ragsdale

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