Martin Hall hosted a celebration to honor the decades of sisterhood that have been created since the dorm's construction in 1958. 50 people attended the 50-year celebration in Martin Lobby to share memories, stories and friendships from the hall on the eve of its renovation.
The event was attended by Betty Martin Church, granddaughter of hall's namesake, Earl Martin; Joy Loyd, former resident and Martin's niece; former Resident Directors Melissa Sprock, Erin Davis and Pam and Don Taylor; current RD Abby Long; and other current and former residents.
Memories were relived through a slide show, photo-collages, and a video created by resident Lauren Householder. Several former residents shared favorite memories and stories from their days living in Martin Hall. All testified to the longevity of the relationships built there.
Loyd told of her adventures in Martin, folding her roommate up in a couch, sleeping atop Warner Auditorium and making a midnight run to the Truck Stop. She paid tribute to Earl Martin who founded the hall and served as the dean of the School of Theology, commenting on how many lives he had touched through his service at Anderson College.
Pam Taylor served as RD with her husband Don from 1972 to 1976. Pam recounted stories of spontaneous Bible studies, taking care of girls who got sick in the middle of the night and the bonds of friendship and sisterhood which developed through the sharing of hard times. Don reminisced about the pranks that residents pulled on him during their time in Martin.
Junior Brooke Hynds was a resident in Martin her freshman year and an RA her sophomore year. Hynds shared the story of the bond she developed with three girls on her hall freshman year whom she still lives with. She said that her RA staff bonded early in the year, and those relationships are still strong today.
Martin Hall will be renovated in the summer of 2008. Renovations include opening up the lobby, installing new furniture and flooring, adding several rooms, upgrading the bathrooms and installing a new air conditioning and heating system.
The celebration attested to the endurance of the friendships, memories and stories that have been created over the past 50 years in Martin Hall.
—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.