April 9, 2014

‘The most important thing for a community’

The Daily Citizen

— You may have noticed a sprawling new building being constructed on the campus of Dalton State College over the past few months.

It’s hard to miss since at 58,000 square feet it’s the college’s largest academic building.

Thanks to the generosity of two lifelong Whitfield County residents, the building will soon open bearing their names.

Shelby and Willena Peeples Hall houses chemistry and biology laboratories and classrooms for the college’s School of Science, Technology and Mathematics. The $15 million building includes classroom and lab space for the biology and chemistry departments, which college officials say are two of the fastest growing majors there.

Shelby and Willena Peeples have long been supporters of Dalton State College, even when it was in its junior college days. Their continued contributions to higher education have impacted scores of young people. Their latest donation for the new academic building was the largest gift from an individual in the college’s 51-year history.

The college will formally dedicate Peeples Hall on Wednesday, May 7, at 2 p.m. A community-wide open house for the building is scheduled for Sunday, May 18. Many members of the Peeples family, spanning four generations, are expected to attend the dedication ceremony.

We encourage members of the community to attend both events to show their appreciation to the family, and also to have a look at the college’s latest addition.

“We made this gift in support of the college’s newest academic building several years ago because we believe education is the most important thing for a community,” Shelby Peeples said. “We believe that Dalton State is a key component to our community’s future. This college will do more to advance our community than anything else, and we wanted to help in this way.”

Well said.