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MSC’s dedicates new Science and Ag. Building with ribbon cutting and cornerstone ceremony

November 08, 2021

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Murray State College held a ribbon cutting and Masonic cornerstone ceremony to dedicate the new Colbert Science and Agriculture Building and Chapman Conference Center on November 5, 2021 at its main campus in Tishomingo. The ceremony took place in the front entry of the building’s north side and included a ribbon cutting with representatives from local, state, and federal offices as well as Murray State leadership and local business leaders in attendance.  

A cornerstone dedication ceremony, including placement of an artifact-filled capsule, was conducted by local and state leaders of the Oklahoma Masons. Murray State College President Joy McDaniel offered remarks at the event which included a tour of the new building and a reception to follow.

The Colbert Science and Agriculture building is named after the late Lynn Colbert, who created the Lynn Colbert Charitable Foundation which awards multiple scholarships annually to students attending Murray State College. The new state-of-the-art facility includes classrooms, teaching labs, a 200-seat lecture hall, private study rooms, a conference room, 17 offices, two green houses, an outdoor seating area on the second-floor balcony as well as a terrace overlooking the lake constructed as part of the project.  Construction of the 43,535 square foot facility, designed by Corner and Greer and constructed by RFD Construction, began in April 2019. The building was opened and began holding classes at the start of the spring 2021 semester. 

The Masonic dedication ceremony is a symbolic laying of the cornerstone which supports (symbolically) the entire structure. When the cornerstone is discussed, by extension, it refers to the entire building project, and that, in turn refers not only to the actual physical actions to erect the building, but also to all energies that have come together to bring about its creation.

Officers conducting the ceremony, usually officers of the state's Grand Lodge, symbolically square, level, and plumb the cornerstone, assuring that it is set correctly and that "the craftsmen have done their duty."

After the Grand Lodge officers squared, leveled and plumbed the cornerstone, the Grand Master "finished the work" by proclaiming the foundation stone "well formed, true and trusty."

 “We are excited to welcome everyone to campus to help us officially dedicate the new Colbert Science and Agriculture Building which will house classes for thousands of students over its lifetime,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

The ribbon cutting and cornerstone events were part of Murray State College’s Homecoming 2021 celebrations which included student-centered and community-focused activities throughout the week culminating on Saturday, November 6 at the colleges’ annual alumni luncheon recognizing graduates and friends receiving alumni awards or being inducted into the MSC Athletic Hall of Fame.