Watch a video of students, faculty and staff celebrating the dedication of the site for CCU's campus redevelopment project.
Gary Armstrong, chair of CCU’s board of trustees, stood before students, the staff and faculty, and invited guests. "Lord, we acknowledge," he prayed, "that it has been your faithful promises, your great favor, and your generous provision which have brought us through the practical steps to get here this day."
The site dedication for CCU’s redeveloped campus and first academic building began – and ended – with reflection. It was a time to give thanks, as much as a time to imagine what might be – evident in the message of each speaker.
Jim Weber, class of 1971 and the student body president when CCU (known then as Rockmont) moved to its present location in Lakewood, thanked God for the "courage and tenacity of those who served during some of the school’s most difficult times."
And, with many members of the board, former President David Beckman, and county commissioners Faye Griffin, Casey Tighe, and Don Rosier in attendance, President Bill Armstrong declared the hour to be "one of the great intersections in nearly a century of CCU history."
Spontaneous applause and collective “ooohs” met the overview of the new campus and the first academic building; students high-fived when Project Manager Shannon Dreyfuss mentioned there will be over 1,000 parking spaces on the future campus. Dreyfuss also showed the interior of the first academic building. There is space for over 100 common seats, where students can study, hang out, and simply be together – along with 540 teaching seats, more than doubling the capacity in the current School of Education and School of Business and Leadership, which the new building will be replacing.
The excitement was palpable, not simply because of the new campus, but because it will be built where students – and alumni – have already found comfort and formed memories.
And Gary Armstrong, ready to offer a prayer of dedication, recounted visiting other properties, specifically one in Morrison, CO, where CCU could have relocated. But when he reflected on the students, on their engagement with the community and culture, he finally realized, "the campus needs to be here because of who the students are."
"Our prayer," he uttered, "is that this ground would be holy ground – ground dedicated only for your purposes and plans. We partner with you in our desire to enlarge your kingdom and to see your will be done through our staff and student body and out to our world."