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Name Bates-Runner Hall (WKU)
Details Other Names - Regents Hall
Date Built - 1957
Cost of Construction - $580,000
Gross Square Feet - 39,611 (1969)
Architects - Robert & Johnson, Owensboro, KY

Namesakes:
Georgia Bates (1916-1986), native of Alvaton, came to WKU in 1956 as executive secretary to President Kelly Thompson and was named assistant to the president in 1966. Upon Etta Runner's retirment in 1963, Bates was named as third secretary to the WKU Board of Regents. She transferred to the College Heights Founation in 1969, serving as executive secretary-treasurer from 1973 until her retirement in 1980.

Etta Runner (1894-1971) second secretary for WKU Board of Regents was a Warren County native. She attended WKU receiving a teaching certificate ca. 1916 and taught in Warren County rural schools. Returning to Bowling Green, Etta enrolled in Bowling Green Business University. Henry Cherry hired her as a secretary August 13, 1924. Upon Mattie McLean's retirement in 1945, Ms. Runner became the secretary for the Board of Regents, a position she held until her own retirement in April 1963. Etta Runner remained in Bowling Green until her death March 12, 1971.

History:
Originally named Regents Hall, it is appropriate that the Regents renamed the building after two of their secretaries. The four story dorm was built to house 180 female students. Also included were four efficiency apartments on the first floor that would serve as temporary housing to new faculty. Funding was secured from the Federal Housing & Home Finance Agency.

Press release - New Residence Hall for Women
This beautiful masonry and steel structure is located at Sixteenth Street and Russellville Road. It was designed by Roberts and Johnson, Architects of Owensboro, Kentucky, and built by Murphy and Jones, Contractors of Bowling Green.

It is truly modern in every respect and houses 180 girls with an apartment for the director and four apartments facing Sixteenth Street for faculty families.

Construction was started in June, 1958 and completed and occupied in September of 1959. Funds for this building were made available by the Federal Housing and Home Agency. It is one of the most attractive dormitories on the campus as well as being one of the most modern and durable structures. UA30/1/2 Box 5 F9

Additions

2001 - the Bate Shop opened

2002 - hair salon moved into basement

College Heights Herald Articles

1959 - Oct. 9 p. 1
2001 - Oct. 25, p. 1

Sasseen, Jessica. "Dorm Will House Only Freshmen," Feb. 11, 2003.

Construction

1957 - Nov. 22, p. 1
1958 - April 18, p. 1; Oct. 10; Dec. 12, p. 6
1959 - May 22, p. 11; July 3, p. 11

Park City Daily News Articles

"Dorm is Accepted by College," July 1959
Harvey, Alyssa. "Hair Apparent," Jan. 22, 2002
"New Residence Hall for Western Women Inspected," June 3, 1959

Biographical Articles

Conway, Sheila. "Georgia!," Western Alumnus, Winter 1980.
"Etta Runner Retired WKU Employee, Dies," Park City Daily News, March 14, 1971
"Etta Runner Retires Following More Than 38 Years of Service," College Heights Herald, April 10, 1963.
"Georgia Bates Dies; Her Western Career Spanned Three Decades," Park City Daily News, July 21, 1986.
"Honored for Service," Park City Daily News, March 6, 1989 - Georgia Bates
"Miss Etta Jane Runner," Western Alunnus, Summer 1971.
Wildman, Judy. "Two WKU Posts Filled; Miss Bates Steps Down," Park City Daily News, Oct. 30, 1977.

Construction

"Approved Yesterday Was a $693,000 Loan," April 16, 1958
"Bids on Western Dorm to be Opened Tomorrow," May 22, 1958
"Ground Broken for New Western Dormitory," June 25, 1958
"New Western Dorm," Oct. 2, 1958
"New Women's Dormitory is Nearing Completion," Feb. 1, 1959
"Proposed Dormitory for Women," Nov. 22, 1957
"Western Files to Build $507,000 Women's Dormitory,' Oct. 16, 1958.

Documents & Primary Sources

UA1D WKU Personnel File
Etta Runner File Box 47, Folder 71
Georgia Bates File Box 28, Folder 72

UA2 Board of Regents

1963 - May 25 - resolution in honor of Etta Runner
1969 - July 8 - naming of Bates-Runner Hall

UA3/3/4 Kelly Thompson - Construction File - inventory

UA12/3 SGA Resolution 4 - Parking Zone, 1976

UA30/1/1 Planning, Design & Construction - Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - inventory

UA30/1/2 Planning, Design & Construction - Building File - inventory
Archives Entries 15
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 2
Photograph Entries 57

Associated Records

Image of UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.

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Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Records created during the construction and renovation of buildings at WKU.

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Construction file regarding construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and bond issues during Kelly Thompson's tenure as WKU President.

Image of UA12 Student Affairs Series. 5. Housing & Residence Life - Housing & Residence Life (WKU)

UA12 Student Affairs Series. 5. Housing & Residence Life - Housing & Residence Life (WKU)

Records created by and about Housing & Residence Life and programs.

Image of UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paul Trafton with Owen Lawson former WKU Physical Plant director.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 1 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3594">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3594</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Caudle, Leah. Rushing Sisterhood Casagrande, Michael. Smith Stadium to Undergo Renovation Coulter, Amber. Parking Changes Include Zoning, Higher Fines Hupman, Samantha. Tuition Hikes Permit New Hires Campus Enhancements, Gas Prices Should be Incentive to Stay Here on the Weekends Ross, Lisa. Some Words from the Opinion Editor - College Heights Herald Fontana, Alex. Hurricane Katrina is Reality Check

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 38, No. 4 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4592">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4592</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Religious News Hilltopics Book Marks Looking Backward Musical Notes Social Activities Calendar Society Faculty Facts Alumni News ROTC News Tops in Sports Kentucky Building News This issue contains articles: Thomas, Bill. 23rd Annual Military Ball Set December 6 in Student Center Student Advisory Council Composed of 31 Members Music Program Featured at F

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 39, No. 9 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4618">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4618</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Religious News Musical Notes Hilltopics Social Activities Calendar Book Marks Kentucky Building Looking Backward Faculty Facts Society Alumni News ROTC News This issue contains articles: Western Receives 5th Grant from National Science Foundation Lerond Curry Wins Robinson Oratorical Western Speakers Will Compete in Two Meets Lt. Governor Harry Waterfield Will Speak a

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 38, No. 11 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4600">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4600</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Religious News Kentucky Building Hilltopics Social Activities Calendar Looking Backward Alumni News Faculty Facts Society Tops In Sports Musical Notes Book Marks ROTC News Council Corner This issue contains articles: Better Than 3,000 Students on Campus for Annual High School Gov. A.B. Chandler Appoints New Members to Board State Music Festival Music Next Week

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 39, No. 1 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4609">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4609</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Book Marks Kentucky Building College Calendar Religious News Hilltopics Musical Notes Looking Backward Faculty Facts Alumni News Society ROTC News Tops in Sports This issue contains articles: $34,000 Grant Received for Planning of New Science Building at Western Third District Education Association to Hold Annual Fall Meeting Here Today Homecoming Slated for

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 39, No. 5 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4612">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4612</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Religious News Kentucky Building Hilltopics Social Activities Calendar Looking Backward Alumni News Faculty Facts Society Tops In Sports Musical Notes Book Marks ROTC News Council Corner This issue contains articles: Grise, Mary. Student Council Elects Executive Board Members The "Messiah" Will be Given Sunday 2:30 P.M. Western Adopts Newly Designed Class Rings

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Western Kentucky University - Maupin, John

Campus master plan showing existing and proposed buildings published in the College Heights Herald. Larger version available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702</a>.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 51, No. 7 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4819">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4819</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Witt, Travis. Constitution Revision Committee Releases Findings Freshmen Elections Set Thursday Dr. Benjamin Spock to Lecture on Campus Thursday Cramer, Jackie. Hearing Boards to Settle Disputes WKU Students Earn Over $1 Million Hot News Develops in Bates-Runner - Fire National Collegiate Association of Secretaries Coffee International Club Woodrow Wilson Fellowships Are Temporarily Suspended

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Bates-Runner Hall - Drawing

Architectural rendering of Bates-Runner Hall, Western Kentucky University

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Bates-Runner - Unknown

Bates-Runner.

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Bates-Runner - Roberts & Johnson Architects

Architectural rendering of Bates-Runner Hall.

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Bates-Runner - Unknown

Bates-Runner Hall.

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Bates-Runner Residents - Lyons, Mark

Unidentified students in Bates-Runner during a blackout. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.