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Nicholas Hall Dedicated


Cutting the Ribbon. Left to right: Anna Hayden (junior from Conway, Ark.), Frank Shell (chairman of WBC Board of Trustees), Dr. Jerol Swaim (WBC President), Emily Smith (junior from Alpena, Ark.), Martha Nicholas, Dr. Jack Nicholas and Mari Pinedo (senior from Cabot, Ark.).
Multiple scissors sliced through a long blue ribbon as Nicholas Hall was dedicated at Williams Baptist College on Friday, Dec. 2. The ribbon cutting represented the formal opening of the women’s residence hall, which was completed this fall.

Nicholas Hall, a 9,000 square foot facility, is home to 43 female students. The two-story structure has a red brick exterior, matching other buildings on the Williams campus, and it features a large lobby, an exercise room, a study room and even a covered back patio.

The facility is named for Dr. Jack and Martha Nicholas of Little Rock. Jack Nicholas was president of WBC from 1973 to 1991, and he also served as a psychology professor. Martha Nicholas was director of the WBC library for 30 years, and she is also the daughter of Dr. H.E. Williams, who founded the college.

"Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas are pivotal figures in the history of this college. During Dr. Nicholas’s time as president, WBC made critical transitions that helped make the college what it is today, the most important being the move to four-year status. We also added facilities in those years that are still central to the operation of the college today. It is quite fitting that this beautiful new building is named in their honor," said WBC President Dr. Jerol Swaim.

Dr. Nicholas commented, "Martha and I are profoundly honored to have this new women’s residence hall named after us."

Nicholas Hall was completed at a cost of approximately $1.75 million. It was designed by Brackett-Krennerich & Associates Architects of Jonesboro and built by Clark General Contractors of Walnut Ridge.

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