VIA News: The Quad named for McGlothlins

Abilene Christian University, The Quad dedication
The McGlothlins

The ACU community has a new spot on campus to enjoy: The Quad.

The outdoor gathering space in front of the Onstead Science Center on the south end of campus was dedicated in a Nov. 6 ceremony in honor of Ray (’49) and Kay (Dollar ’49) McGlothlin, longtime supporters of ACU and members of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene. Ray served on the university’s Board of Trustees for almost 40 years beginning in 1964; Kay was one of the founding members and longtime leaders of Women for ACU.

The Quad is bordered by the Onstead Science Center, the Hardin Administration Building, Zellner Hall, the Phillips Education Building and the Halbert-Walling Research Center. An outgrowth of the Vision in Action initiative, it was created with students in mind as a gathering place to relax and find inspiration, president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91) said at the dedication ceremony.

“I am so excited to help dedicate this beautiful space where students, faculty, staff and campus guests can fellowship for years to come,” Schubert said. “It couldn’t be named for two more deserving people.”

The Quad’s proximity to our state-of-the-art science facilities reflects on the McGlothlins’ years of connection with faculty and students in the sciences, Schubert said. One of the walkways has inlaid bronze notes from the first verse of ACU’s school song, a tribute to the couple’s well-known love of music. A student-designed sculpture for the space is still in the planning phase.

Schubert relayed stories shared by two of the McGlothlins’ daughters, Danna (McGlothlin ’80) Oliver and Nita (McGlothlin ’75) Rampey, about their parents’ involvement with students throughout the years, from their legendary “Sing Along with Ray and Eat Along with Kay” nights (which became known as “Song ’n Supper”) to the couple attending countless ACU women’s basketball games and Homecoming events.
“Innovation, steadfastness, exceptional work and generosity – these are all values we admire and cultivate at ACU,” Schubert said. “Ray and Kay embody them so beautifully.”

Read more of the backstory in the upcoming Fall-Winter 2015 issue of ACU Today.