Rhode Hall Rededication at Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. Offers Public Look at Remodeling
KINGSVILLE - April 28, 2009
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In 1973, Rhode Hall was built at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. This important building would go on to serve as the permanent home of the College of Education, and also house the departments of history, political science and math for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Its name came in 1975 from former dean, administrator and professor emeritus Dr. Robert Rhode.
Normal wear and tear would catch up to the building, leading to its closing at the end of the spring 2007 semester for major renovations. Offices relocated to Poteet Hall until spring 2009, when renovations were completed and the building reopened. Among the $5.5 million renovations were the addition of dedicated graduate student workstations, an expanded computer laboratory, more office space and refurbished classrooms.
To celebrate its reopening and history, a rededication of Rhode Hall will be held Friday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. in front of the building, on the University Boulevard circle.
The public is invited to attend this free event, featuring building namesake Dr. Robert Rhode, and university administrators and faculty that will present a history of the building and a look at its future usage.
Rhode joined the Texas A&M-Kingsville as an English faculty member in 1940. He would leave to serve in the Navy during World War II, then return to the university’s English department, later serving as chair from 1946-1951. He also served as director of graduate studies from 1951-1962, vice president and dean of the university from 1962-1971, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1974 until his retirement in 1976.
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