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Name Mass Media & Technology Hall (WKU)
Details Other Names - Jody Richards Hall
Date Built - completed in spring 2003
Cost of Construction - $18.5 million
Architects - Arrasmith, Judd, and Rapp from Louisville

Namesake - Kentucky native Walter "Jody" Richards was born in 1938 and received his AB degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Richards received his MA from the University of Missouri. From 1963 through 1970 Jody Richards taught English at WKU.

Richards owned Superior Books, Inc. in Bowling Green, Kentucky for a time. He began his political career in 1975 when he ran and won the 20th District seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives as a Democrat.

The 3-story building was funded through an $18.5 million grant from the state. It houses the departments of Journalism, and the Information Technology. The facility was to include electronic classrooms, electronic photojournalism labs, a 24-hour computer lab and a 250 seat auditorium. The building is one of the most technologically advanced building on campus. [New Gateway to Tomorrow, Spring 2000] When bids came in for the original plans, they were 25% more than what the budget had allotted. New plans were drawn up and 105,000 square feet were cut back to 94,355. A three story connector space that would have joined Mass Media and the Academic Complex were also cut from the plans. The building was dedicated on Friday Oct. 22, 2004.

2017 April 28 - Regents approve renaming building to honor Jody Richards

2017 May 4 - Renaming ceremony held

College Heights Herald:
1997/11/4, p. 1
1999/2/9 p. 8
Archives Entries 9
Photograph Entries 10

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.

Image of UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

Records regarding special ceremonies, dedications, groundbreakings not already housed in a particular office.

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 9. Gary Ransdell 3. Reading File - WKU President's Office - Ransdell

UA3 President's Office Series 9. Gary Ransdell 3. Reading File - WKU President's Office - Ransdell

Reading file of outgoing correspondence regarding the administration of WKU, fund raising, thank yous and letters of condolence.

Image of UA1B2/1/5 Charles Anderson Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/5 Charles Anderson Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paula Trafton with Charles Anderson, retired Vice President for Information Technology.

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

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 21 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3640">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3640</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Coulter, Amber. Money Missing from Faculty Insurance Fund Coulter, Amber. Parking Initiative to Begin Brandenburg, Katie. Four People Receive Positive Results in TB Skin Tests - Tuberculosis Teague, Hawkins. 'Simpsons' Star Nancy Cartwright Keeps Audience Laughing McNamara, Andrew. Bomb Threat Causes Evacuation - Mass Media & Technology Hall (WKU) Equilibrium Point - Enrollment Ashby, Robert. A Man'

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 28 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3681">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3681</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Paul, Corey. Western Students Enjoy Performance at Ag Center - Rodeo Harrell, Bobby. Diversity Sees 50th Year on Hill Caudle, Leah. Taxis Confused with Free Rides Coulter, Amber. Smaller Increase Expected - Budget Pell Grants are Vital Wallace, Robert. Campus Rudeness is Not Welcome Walker, Carli. Campus Should Carry Non-Dairy Products North, Amber. Valentine's Day Should Be G

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 14 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4486">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4486</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Cromwell, Anna Einstein Brothers Greer, Richard Hagan, Ellen Hanson Hunt, Mike Martin, Currie Scholarships Thomas, Peyton Walk Out Western

Image of Computer Lab - Unknown

Computer Lab - Unknown

Computer lab in Mass Media & Technology

Image of WKU Journalism - Silent Auction - Unknown

WKU Journalism - Silent Auction - Unknown

Poster for Make Some Noise at the Silent Auction for the new student media building.

Image of Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Gary Ransdell speaking at groundbreaking for Mass Media & Technology Hall

Image of Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Jo Ann Albers speaking at groundbreaking for Mass Media & Technology Hall

Image of Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Groundbreaking for Mass Media & Technology Hall, l to r: four unidentified, Jody Richards, unidentified, Gary Ransdell, unidentified, Jo Ann Albers, and unidentified. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.

Image of Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Mass Media & Technology Hall Groundbreaking - Lewis, Clinton

Groundbreaking for Mass Media & Technology Hall, l to r: four unidentified, Jody Richards, unidentified, Gary Ransdell, unidentified and Jo Ann Albers throwing dirt in the air. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.

Image of James Highland Retirement Party - Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)

James Highland Retirement Party - Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)

James Highland retirement party. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.

Image of James Highland Retirement Party - Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)

James Highland Retirement Party - Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)

James Highland retirement party. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.

Image of James Highland Retirement Party - Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)

James Highland Retirement Party - Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)

James Highland retirement party. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.