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Name Garrett Conference Center (WKU)
Details Other names of building - Paul L. Garrett Student Center, Student Union Building
Date Built - began 1952, completed in 1953
Cost of construction - $700,000
Expansion - $1.2 million
Architects - J. Maurice Ingram and John F. Wilson of Louisville and Lexington

Namesake - Paul Loos Garrett was born in Waddy, Shelby County, Kentucky, on November 2, 1893. He earned an A.B. degree at Georgetown (KY) College in 1914 majoring in history and political science and an M.A. in 1935 in psychology and education. He did more graduate work at the University of Chicago and the University of Kentucky. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. from Georgetown College in 1938. After a brief stint in the army during World War I he went on to teach at several high schools throughout Kentucky, becoming superintendent of city schools at Versailles in 1924. In February 1937 Garrett took a leave of absence to serve in A.B. Chandler's administration as director of the Division of Personnel Efficiency. [Harrison, p. 110] Named for President Garrett by the Board of Regents on July 2, 1955.

History - "The completely air-conditioned Paul L. Garrett Student Center provides the Western campus with approximately three times its former space for student activities. The ground floor contains two cafeterias and accompanying kitchen facilities. Combined seating capacity for the two cafeterias is six-hundred and ninety-three. The first and second floors house fourteen meeting rooms, three conference rooms, the Snack Bar, Post Office, Center Store, Memorial Room and Faculty Room. One of the most magnificent features of the new structure is the Ballroom on the second floor, a spacious room that seats approximately one thousand for banquets and provides a beautiful setting for student dances and other activities." [The Paul L. Garrett Student Center open house, Oct. 23, 1965]

Additions:
1964 - expansion to triple the size began; additions to the lower level and to the 3rd floor, cafeteria was enlarged (app. $1.2 million)

Park City Daily News:
"Appeals court will hear arguments on campus," April 18, 2000
"Cornerstone for Student Union Building laid," Mar. 5, 1952
"Court rules against architect in suit for additional fee," Oct. 6, 1957
"Hilltop is busy place," Sept. 13, 1964
"Initial event staged in Student Union Building; formal dedication set later," April 25, 1953
"Student Center expansion bid is 1.2 million," April 1, 1964
"Western Student Center Enlargement Planned," Aug. 7, 1963
Martin, John. "WKU ballroom will become a courtroom," June 9, 1994, p. 1
Photograph: "Watch out below," Mar. 36, 1990
Reagan, Stan. "Supreme Court brings wheels of justice to BG," May, 19, 1994, p. 1

"Projects move ahead," Louisville Courier-Journal, Feb. 20, 1965

Other sources
"A Real Asset," July 18, 1951
"Contracts let for building at Western," July 17, 1951
"Laying of Cornerstone of Student Union Building," program, March 7, 1952
Alumni Association Board Minutes, April 18, 1947
Floor Plans, 1978
Handwritten note concerning Living War Memorial, Natcher Scrapbook # 3, p. 70
Open House program, October 23, 1965
War Memorial Committee recommendations, 1947 [?]
Archives Entries 36
Library Entries 1
Photograph Entries 88

Associated Records

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Papers -

Correspondence between Donald G. Porter and Janice A. Insko, his future wife, during and just after the Korean Conflict, while Don was serving in a medical support division in Germany and she was a student at Western Kentucky State College. Letters concern military life abroad and the everyday life of a student at Western.

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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.

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Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

This series documents the disbursement of funds for capital construction projects at WKU. As defined by KRS 7A.010 (1), capital project means (a) any undertaking which is to be financed or funded through an appropriation by the General Assembly of general fund, road fund, bond fund, trust and agency fund, or federal funds; (b) any undertaking which is to be financed by a capital expenditure for use by state government or one of its departments or agencies; (c) any capital construction item, or combination of items necessary to make a building or utility installation complete, estimated to cost $600,000 or more, or any item of movable equipment estimated to cost $200,000 or more, regardless o

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UA1B2/1/7 Gary Ransdell Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Lydia Kullman with WKU President Gary Ransdell.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 26, No. 7-Z245 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2823/">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2823/</a>. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Book Marks Hilltopics Society Page Faculty Notes Club News Sports Birds I View Looking Backward Kentucky Building News Alumni Flashes Personals Articles in this issue: Student Union Building Plans Being Made - Garrett Hall 64 Complete Requirements for Degrees Western Downs Falcons, 103-87 1,763 Students Enroll at Western for Second Semester History Prof. to Lecture - John Oliver

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 28, No. 10-Z245 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2853/">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2853/</a>. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Birds I View Looking Backward Hilltopics Mind Your Manners Kentucky Building News Alumni News Book Marks Society Page Faculty Notes Training School Notes Club News Campus Crossfire – cartoon Looking Around Articles in this issue: R.C. Buley Speaks at History Banquet College Heights Herald Rated Medalist by CSPA - Columbia Scholastic Press Association Twelve Enter Regional Speech Co

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 29, No. 10-Z246 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2884/">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2884/</a>. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Birds I View Looking Backward Hilltopics Mind Your Manners Kentucky Building News Alumni News Book Marks Society Page Faculty Notes Club News Musical Notes Articles in this issue: 1953 Talisman Ball to be Held in New Student Union - Garrett Hall College Heights Herald is Awarded Medalist Rating by CSPA for Fourth Consecutive Year Music Festival Begins March 27 Six Students Will Try

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 29, No. 15-Z246 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2879/">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2879/</a>. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Birds I View Looking Backward Hilltopics Mind Your Manners Kentucky Building News Alumni News Book Marks Faculty Notes Musical Notes Weddings & Engagements Articles in this issue: Western Opens 47th Year Sept. 17 Plans Call for Opening of Cafeteria This Summer - Garrett Hall Recreational Facilities Now Being Improved Annual Rural Life Conference to be Friday, July 10 Western to Off

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 30, No. 3-Z247 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2876/">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2876/</a>. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Birds I View Looking Backward Hilltopics Mind Your Manners Kentucky Building News Alumni News Book Marks Faculty Notes Musical Notes Weddings & Engagements Articles in this issue: Gordon Wilson, D.K. Wilgus to Attend Folklore Meet Religious Emphasis Week to Begin November 10 Student Forum to Meet Next Week Jim Nicholson Elected President of Biology Club Robert Saurs Named C.O. of Ai

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 31, No. 8-Z247 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2914/">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2914/</a>. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Looking Backward Hilltopics Kentucky Building News Alumni News Book Marks Faculty Notes Musical Notes Weddings & Engagements Articles in this issue: Hilltoppers Wallop Tennessee Tech 80-65 in OVC Opener Western Grabs OVC Regular Season Title Three Hilltoppers Play Last Home Game Sue Lynch is Mountain Laurel Representative 1956 Talisman Staff Announced Cedar House Will be New Social C

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Wedding invitation which reads: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Gary request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Julia Lynn to Doctor Brian Goff on Saturday, the nineteenth of December Nineteen hundred and eighty-seven at six o'clock in the evening Twelfth Street Church of Christ Bowling Green, Kentucky Enclosure card reads: Reception immediately following ceremony Garrett Conference Center Ballroom Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky Marriage Ceremony program included along with an undated Bowling Green Daily News engagement notice. 18.5 x 13.1 cm. Folded.

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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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Mr. & Mrs. Edward Di Bella anniversary invitation - Board of Regents of Locust Grove

Invitation which reads: On the thirtieth day of March nineteen hundred and thirty-three Jo Williston and Edward Di Bella were united in Holy Matrimony Their sons request the pleasure of your company at a surprise barbecue and square dance in honor of their parents' fifty years of marriage on the twenty-fifth day of June nineteen hundred and eight-three at eight o'clock in the evening Garrett Conference Center Ballroom Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky R.S.V.P. No Gifts 10.9 x 14 cm.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 10 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3631">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3631</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Richardson, Kelly. Western Commercials Promote Academics Fontana, Alex. Robert Dietle Seeks Re-election As Regent Teague, Hawkins. Student's Delivery Job Is 'Supreme' - Chris Smith McNamara, Andrew. Benefit Concert Raises Money for Katrina Victims Bosken, Nina. Professors Encourage Class 'Clicks' Coulter, Amber. Western Offers Winter Break Shuttle to Nashville Airport Fontana, Alex. Bracelets to Be Tr

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 15 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3636">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3636</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Coulter, Amber. University Senate Vote Asks Western to Defend Benefits Richardson, Kelly. Tuitions Outpace Inflation Hupman, Samantha. Mobile Unit Provides Low-cost Health Care - Mobile Health & Wellness Unit Teague, Hawkins. Porn Addiction Ruined Life, Speaker Says Coulter, Amber. Parking Citation Board Hears Formal Appeals Caudle, Leah. Fair to Help Study Abroad Parking Predicament Barati, Darius.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 44, No. 16 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3870">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3870</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Al Stilley on Sports Alumni News Athletics Cartoon Fraternities & Sororities Hilltopics Intramural Corner On Campus Tops in the Social Whirl This issue contains articles: Stilley, Al. Toppers to Face Fordham in NIT French Comedy Slated Tonight in Snell Hall Water Works Seminar to Be Conducted Here College Joins Poverty Fight - War on Poverty Students Added to Fall Term Dean'

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 44, No. 26 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3876">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3876</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Al Stilley on Sports Alumni News Athletics Cartoon Fraternities & Sororities Hilltopics Intramural Corner On Campus Tops in the Social Whirl This issue contains articles: Three Colleges, Deans Approved by Regents - Education, Potter College, Ogden College University of Tennessee Leader to Speak to August Grads Student Center to Host Three July Gatherings - Garret Conference Ce

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 45, No. 1 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3875">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3875</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Al Stilley on Sports Alumni News Athletics Cartoon Club Clippings Fraternities & Sororities Happiness & the College Set Hilltopics Intramural Corner On Campus Tops in the Social Whirl This issue contains articles: Western Enrollment Leaps to Record 7,824 Miss Barbara Sharp, George Sells Head Large Herald Staff Experts to Tell Foreign Policy on Campus Sophomores, Juniors