The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 4, Ed. 1, Saturday, October 8, 1949 Page: 1 of 4
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Richardson Pays Tribute
To Late Prexy Sandefer
VERNA JAN DICKERSON
Former Brand Editor
To Receive Commission
Vorna Jan Dickcrson of Big
Spring Texas a member of the
second class of the Women's
Army Corps Officer Candidate
School received acommission as
second lieutenant in the Organ-
ized Reserve Corps during gradu-
ation ceremonies held for the
class of forty-two women on
Thursday September 29 1949 at
Camp Lee Va.
A graduate of Big Spring High
School she holds an A. B. degree
from Hardin-Simmons University.
She was a member of the Press
club and editor of the Brand in
1946-1947. She enlisted in Lub-
bock in February 1949.
Miss Dickcrson is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Dickcrson
of Big Spring.
Big Schedule Set
Feature attractions of today's
Homecoming activities are the
dedication and cornerstone laying
of Sandefer Memorial a football
game barbecue parade class re-
unions and the Cowgirl reunion.
The Sandefer Memorial dedica-
tory address will be given by Dr.
John Hill editor of the Broadman
Press Nashville. The cornerstone
laying will be presided over by
W. P. Wright president of the
H-SU Board of Trustees. A per-
sonal tribute will be made by
D. M. Wiggins president of Texas
The Cowboy-Arizona Univer-
sity football game will start at
8 p. m. at Parramore field. The
Cowboy band Cowgirls and the
all-male Chorus will perform at
the half time.
A barbecue is to be held at 12:30
p. m: in the Rose field house. The
"Chow Hands" will serve.
Note: The following is copy of
the address which Dr. Richardson
read in chapel Tuesday Oct. 4:
Today Sandefer Memorial a
library and administration build-
ing will bo dedicated to the mem-
ory of Jefferson Davis Sandefer.
Built of steel concrete and brick
with granite base on the exterior
and marble on the inside it is a
sturdy beautiful structure a fit-
ting reminder of the service ren-
dered the university by a great
In any group at any place in
any age J. D. Sandefer would
have attracted attention. His en-
thusiasm was irrepressible. It
might be suppressed momentarily
but it would reassert itself pres-
ently. I lecall hearing him tell
how when he was a small lad
the family was going somewhere
in a wagon perhaps they were
on the road fiom Arkansas to
Texas and they passed a dog
with ribbons in his cars follow-
ing another wagon. "That dog
had ribbons in his ears that long"
said little Dave indicating a
length about as great as his two
outstretched arms could measure.
His mother reprimanded him ic-
minding him that the ribbons
were only a few inches long. The
incident was typical. To him noth-
ing that was attractive was small
or mean; his imagination polished
and illumined everything i t
touched. The dog had ribbons in
his ears and they were the long-
est ribbons and the prettiest rib-
bons that any dog ever wore. He
was never indifferent to anything.
If it were wholesome he was en-
thusiastic about it; if it were base
A parade will be held at 4:30
p. m. It will start at -the Pine
street underpass go up Pine to
fifth cross to Cedar and return
to the T. & P. lawn where it will
break up. Cars will return in a
group to Simmons by way of
A pep rally will be held at 5:30
in Bell Park. All exes as well as
students are urged to attend.
Class reunions will be held
from 3 to 5 p. m. The Cowgirl re-
union will be held at 3:00 p. m.
at Marston Gym.
An informal reception will be
held in Sandefer Memorial from
2 to 4 p. m. A special guest book
was made by the Future Teach-
ers of America for the occasion.
The Colts will help register
guests. The Cowgirls will distrib-
ute name plates and act as ushers.
The ex-scouters will direct traffic.
To Lead Watch
New students freshman and
transfers will have charge of the
program at Noon Watch 1:00 p. m.
each day for the following week.
It is directed by Nell Sherman
transfer from East Texas Baptist
College and Bob Hines transfer
"You must meet Him in the
morning if you want Him through
the day" continues to be the
theme of the Morning Watch de-
votional and prayer period held
each day at 7:40 a. m. at Ross-
Adams. All students are urged to
seek spiritual strength for the day
at these meetings.
he hated it and never hesitated to
express himself freely.
His democracy was superb. It
was spontaneous; there was noth-
ing patronizing about it none of
your '"how to win friends and
influence people" technique. I re-
call my first chat with him. It
was September 1909 when as a
sophomore I returned to the cam-
pus. He had been elected Presi-
dent by the trustees had been
persuaded to accept the post and
had moved here with his family
during the vacation period. Al-
though he could not have known
me fiom a hundred other stu-
dents 'he insisted that I be seated
in his office and I talked with
him for several minutes. J. D.
Sandefer never met a stranger;
when you talked with him it
seemed that you were talking
with an old friend. Feeling quite
chesty I left his office and re-
marked to W. A. Mancill the first
student I met that I had just
had a talk with the new Presi-
dent that he was very friendly
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Wilkes to Head
Jim Wilkes was elected presi-
dent of the Radio Club for the
coming year at the meeting held
Monday. Other officers elected
were Curtis Wimberly vice-president;
Peggy Cosper secretary;
Marcella Rogers treasurer; re-
porter Dick Collins; and Charlou
Thomas social chairman.
The president appointed a com-
mittee to investigate the possibili-
ties of becoming a member of
Alpha Epsilon Rho National Hon-
orary Radio Fraternity.
The next meeting will be next
Monday at 2:30 in GI-5 at which
time the club will name a tenta-
tive date for a picnic which has
been planned. All persons wish-
ing to become members attend
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SIMMONS COLLEGE 1909: Upper left Anna Hall: upper right. Administration building: cen-
ter military housing units along Ambler; lower left J. D. Sandefer when he first came to Simmons:
lower center. Offices; lower right Mrs. J. D. Sandefer about 1911.
Administration Building Features
New Ventilation Lighting System
The newest building on the
Hardin-Simmons campus contains
several of the most up-to-date
features known to the modern
building trade. Sandefer Memo-
rial contains hollow steel beams
and columns for the passage of
air and heat to eliminate air ducts.
This ventilation system in the
$430000 structure is the first of
its type in the South. The light-
ing facilities are also the only ones
of their kind in this part of the
The framework of the four
story building designed by the
Welded Steel Shapes Company
Incorporated consists of squared
steel plates welded together to
form a hollow steel frame. These
frames are connected to each oth-
er in a giant network of tunnels.
The end of each tunnel is con-
nected to the heating plant in the
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basement and equipped with a
heavy blower which distributes
air and heat throughout the col-
umns and releases it thtough the
beams. It is then played in an
even blast out into the room.
Serving the two-fold purpose
of eliminating air ducts and of
supporting the weight of the
building the beams and columns
allow for the ceiling and upper
floors to be contained in one piece
of construction. By doing away
with the suspension ceiling ap-
proximately two feet of construc-
tion can be subtracted from the
ceiling and upper floor space.
An ordinary heating plant is
used for the new system. The
blower used to distribute the heat
and air throughout the building is
the only additional installation
necessary. When the air condi-
tioning unit is installed it will
also be placed in the basement
and connected directly to the
The lighting system is designed
to combine with the construction
of the building. Ninety-six inch
slim line cathode tubes built into
the Louverall lighting system
shed an even white light which
makes possible equal diffusion at
the floor and the ceiling levels.
This is regarded as the best type
of lighting since it casts no shad-
ow and gives an even light
throughout the area it reaches.
This type .of system is being in-
stalled in libraries throughout the
northern states and in several
South American universities.
However Sandefer Memorial
building in the first in this sec
tion of the country to install this
system throughout. Fargo North
Dakota has a similar system.
If one would have stood on the
Simmons College campus some
forty years ago and looked about
ho would likely have doubted the
successful growth it was to ex-
perience after such a meager be-
ginning. At the time when Prexy and
Mrs. J. D. Sandefer agreed to
come to Simmons from John
Tarleton Stephenville in 1909
Abilene was only a small city of
from six to eight thousand people
and few paved streets. The condi-
tions of the city as well as of the
school were hardly inviting.
Although Sandefer was assured
that he would not have to solicit
funds for necessary buildings on
the campus he soon found that
he must do so if he would see the
college secure the necessary
Sandefer's first campaign was
in the form of a letter printed in
the Reporter-News which set
forth the needs for a girls indus-
trial hall and the approximate
cost. The letter was signed by
President J. D. Sandefer C. C.
Coleman Charles T. Ball and
Mrs. Charles T. Ball. The contract
was let on March 12 1910 and
work began in earnest.
For Smith Hall
Friends contributed: In the ear-
ly part of his first fall session
with the college contributions
wore secured from Mr. and Mrs.
J. M. Higginbotham of Dublin
Dr. C. T. Ball Dr. W. F. Fry and
Judge and Mrs. C. M. Caldwell.
Thus the girls' dormitory was
completed. It was later called
Abilene Hall Built
On the twenty-first opening of
the school it was announced that
twenty-five thousand dollars had
been raised for the construction
of a new forty thousand dollar
structure. There were many con-
tributions but most of them were
White columns adorned the
fiont entrance. Two stories in
height it also contained a base-
ment and an auditorium with
1000 seating capacity. The build-
ing was named Abilene Hall
which stood on the site of the
new structure by the same name
until it burned in the spring of
Science Hall Addition
In May 1919 the president an-
nounced that his trustees were
leady to open bids for a seventy-
five thousand dollar addition to
Simmons Science Hall which
would make the building one of
the most modern for school pur
poses in Texas.
This called for the salvaging
of the original administration
building which was built when
the school was overflowing with
students and was lacking ade-
quate facilities for this increase.
The president devoted most of
his time to the securing of dona-
tions mainly from Breckenridge
and Ranger oil people.
Some forty thousand dollars
were secured from hundreds of
acres of royalty which the school
had secured. The building and
equipment cost more than
The present building includes
the foundation and walls of the
original structure. It houses the
physical chemical and biological
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THINGS HAVE CHANGED
since students went lo the Sci-
ence Hall to get their library
Books . On the far left; the
Crane library was the research
center. It was located in the
Science Hall typing room third
floor. Right: Here the students
have moved to the new library
location in the top of Sandefer
Memorial HalL Note the differ
ence in lighting.
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