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Student Services Center renamed in ceremony

Submitted by Steven Savage on February 26, 2014 – 11:02 amNo Comment

Dr. Charles W. Donaldson, photo courtesy of UALR

The Student Services Center will be dedicated and renamed in honor of Dr. Charles W. Donaldson, retired vice chancellor of UALR’s Division of Educational, Student Services, and Student Life.

The ceremony will take place in the newly named Charles W. Donaldson Student Services Center at 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. The public is invited to attend.

Donaldson’s vision of the Student Services Center was realized when the building was opened in the fall of 2012, providing students a central location where they can apply for admission, register for classes, seek financial aid, and receive academic counseling.

“As students and guests visit the SSC, they will no doubt benefit from Dr. Donaldson’s eye for detail, his sense of aesthetics, and a hint of panache,” said Dr. Logan Hampton, UALR vice provost for student affairs. “This building, his vision for years, fulfilled his dream to provide a place on campus where students could do all they needed to become students under one roof.”

“Always a visionary, Dr. Donaldson led the building of UALR’s first residence hall and the subsequent residential community, as well as the Donaghey Student Center, which combines a traditional student center and fitness center,” Hampton said.

Under Donaldson’s leadership, UALR’s residential community continued to expand and now includes four unique residence facilities that provide living-learning opportunities for nearly 1,000 students. Among those facilities are the University Village, a 420-bed residence complex and the Trojan Grill, a late-night dining option for students.

“If student success and life on campus have come to be understood as the responsibility of everyone within our educational community, then I believe Charles Donaldson has done a great deal to lead us to that understanding,” said Dr. Jan Austin, assistant vice chancellor for Student Life and Leadership Development at UALR.

The building’s design has been renowned as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold rating facility and received the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for excellence in architecture and urban design in Arkansas.
Donaldson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Philander Smith College, a Master of Education degree in counseling from Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas), and a Doctorate of Education in counseling from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He was also educated at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

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