by Thomas Mach, Chair of Department of History and Government
The Department of History and Government is moving! While the department has been in Collins Hall for as long as most of us can remember, the university has decided it is time for a change. Collins Hall was built in 1923 to house science labs and faculty offices. The building was the product of an extensive capital campaign started by Dr. Wilbert McChesney, Cedarville’s second president.
Unfortunately, we are told, the builders only use fired brick on the outside. As a result, over the years the two inner layers of brick, which were not fired, have deteriorated. Good financial stewardship demands that the university make difficult decisions and the amount of money needed to address Collins’s problems is prohibitive. As a result, the building will be closed this summer and eventually will be torn down.
This summer the department faculty and staff moved to the building currently known as the Human Resources and Safety Center. Campus Safety has moved out of the building and down to the Service Center. The Human Resources offices will move to Hartman Hall across the street. The department is moving into what was the office suite of Campus Safety and the office suite of Human Resources. The Center for Political Studies office suite will move into a portion of the back of the building that formerly housed a woodworking studio. This new suite will include a reception area, an office for an assistant, an office for Dr. Mark Caleb Smith—the Center’s director, and a conference room. The university’s legal counsel, John Hart, will have an office suite in the back portion of the building as well.
Dr. Murdoch commented that with the move, his career will now move full circle. When he was hired in 1965, his first office was in the back of the building most recently known as the Human Resources and Safety Center. He was in a cubicle with three other faculty members. Fortunately, this time the university will be giving him his very own office! Stop by and see our new office next time you are on campus.