Dedication of a home to serve PSU
Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter
The dedication of the new Crossland Family University House was flooded with students, professors, regents and residents on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Brad Hodson, vice president for university advancement, began the dedication ceremony by commemorating the numerous city and campus leaders who helped to organize and produce the ceremony and university house.
“This house was built completely through private donors and a list of all those donors will be displayed on a dedication plaque that will hang in the guest section of the house,” Hodson said. “In total, it cost $1.75 million.”
Hodson says there were three main issues that had to be addressed when planning and building the house. One was the president’s personal home; another was a place to entertain, and the third was a suite for overnight guests.
“This house is built and was designed to serve PSU for decades to come,” Hodson said. “It’s an exciting day that we will remember for a while. This dedication is a big step.”
The next speaker to address the ceremony was Randy Roberts, university archivist. His role was to remind us where we came from with the president’s home and its past.
“The first president’s house was built in 1954 and was state-funded for about $65,000,” Roberts said. “The Hughes were the first presidential family to move into the house in December of 1954, but there was no ribbon cutting or ceremony for them.”Roberts says that the original presidential houses were not designed to host a huge number of people and that’s why this new university house will help with this issue.
After Roberts regaled the ceremony with the history of the presidential homes, President Steve Scott finally spoke about his new home.
“And what a home it is,” Scott said. “We get to see the band practicing in the front yard, the football in the backyard and get to watch the families and students enjoying the lake and fishing. We feel really at home here.”
Scott says that he sees his family as the first stewards of the house, not occupants of this beautiful home.
Scott also recognized the other hand of the project, the Crossland Family.
“The Crossland family not only helped donate money and build the house, but they helped to name the house with the Kansas Board of Regents.”
Scott then introduced Tim Emert, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, who has been watching the progress of the house.
“I live in Independence, so it will be easy for me to watch the progress of the house firsthand throughout the university,” Emert said.
After all the speakers, Emert, Scott and his wife, Cathy, and the Crossland family cut the dedication ribbon for the Crossland Family University House. Crimson
Club members were then dispersed throughout the public portion of the house to help explain the different rooms to the viewing guests. The president even opened his personal home for viewing during this time.
Nick Popejoy, junior and Crimson Club member, was in the banquet hall in the public section helping explain to those who asked.
“I love this house,” Popejoy said. “It’s beautiful and it definitely helps to build great relations with donors.”
Popejoy says that the four couches in the banquet hall can be removed and a banquet table that will hold about 56 people can be put in its place.
Debbie Nichols, PSU alumna and former student of Steve Scott, says she was excited to be able to participate in the viewing and had only positive things to say.
“I think the house is beautiful, just like the people who live here,” Nichols said. “It looks perfect, smells good, the patio is gorgeous and everything is well-coordinated and put together. I’m proud of Scott.”