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January 30, 2009

News From the President 

EPHRAIM —This project is much more than building a new library. It is the creation of a place on our Ephraim campus that promises to inspire. Our students do not know that Snow College is the oldest two-year college west of the Mississippi. They do not know of the men and women who built it in this desert. They do not know that its history is singular and speaks of trial and triumph, repeated over and over again. And our students do not know of the host of people who dream for their success, as a student and in life, and contribute generously to help them.

With the construction of the new Snow College Library and Heritage Plaza this will change.

The plaza is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped and raked, oval granite wall on which is engraven a sea of names. They are the names of men and women who, over the years, have donated to our scholarship fund the equivalent of one year’s tuition and fees or greater. You are taken by the number of names. You are reminded that a scholarships does not fall out of the sky but is money earned and donated by a person who wants you to be successful, and was willing to do more than hope, was willing to help.

You make a mental note to one day add your name to the wall of those who hope for the next generation, and you act to make it so.

The new library has been meticulously designed with the assistance of one of our country’s premier library consultants. The details and construction are perfect. A fireplace in the entry greets you; it has a Borders-like café, a two-hundred seat auditorium, a spiral staircase reaching group study rooms and open study spaces on four floors, and every high tech advantage and device for efficiency and learning. The building is Central Utah’s first LEED certified high performance green building.

Snow College is still building on its traditions of excellence, and we invite you to be part of it.

Please join us for the groundbreaking, and bring a coat because we are not waiting until fair-weather days to get going on our future. We’ll celebrate our past and future on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 1:00.

Call 435-283-7000 for more information.

--President Scott Wyatt