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12/2/2005 Linfield music building to honor former president

McMINNVILLE – A new music building currently under construction at Linfield College will be named in honor of Dr. Vivian A. Bull, Linfield president for 13 years.

The Vivian A. Bull Center for Music is expected to be completed next fall. Plans call for it to be dedicated in her honor on Sept. 29.

"The Board of Trustees is delighted to celebrate Dr. Bull’s 13 years of leadership by naming this wonderful facility in her honor," said Glenna Kruger, chair of the board. The board approved the name at its regular meeting in November.

"Naming the building in Dr. Bull’s honor recognizes her accomplishments in strengthening the academic life of Linfield while also doubling the size of the McMinnville Campus," she added. "Dr. Bull’s personal interest in music makes this an especially fitting tribute to her."

The construction of the music center caps the creation of the Arts Quadrangle on the Keck Campus, a special feature of Linfield’s highly successful capital campaign, The Defining Moment, said Interim President Marvin Henberg.

"Dr. Bull’s presidency was marked by care and concern for all facets of the college, but the arts rose to special prominence because of the development of the Arts Quadrangle," Henberg added. "It is an especially appropriate tribute to Dr. Bull that a main building of this arts quadrangle will bear her name. She provided the leadership not only for acquiring of the property, but also for the fund raising efforts that created these new facilities."

Under Bull’s leadership, the McMinnville Campus more than doubled its physical size with the acquisition of 115 acres from the Hewlett-Packard Company. The four existing buildings have been renovated into the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center, the Jereld R. Nicholson Library and Kenneth W. Ford Hall, which houses the Marshall Theatre.

The new 14,000 square-foot building opposite the Miller Fine Arts Center will house faculty offices and studios, practice rooms, a band rehearsal room and a recital space with seating for 100. It will update instructional and practice facilities for the entire music program and provide much-needed centralized space for faculty and students as well as a new venue for smaller recitals. The building is designed to accommodate a second phase of construction, to include a concert hall and other public spaces at a future date.