By: Debra Joy Wallace
October 23, 2012
MOREHEAD — Morehead State University will honor Jim and Linda Booth and Elmer and the late Donna Smith by naming the Space Science Building, the Smith-Booth Hall.
The official unveiling will be held during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. as MSU culminates its 125th Anniversary Celebration. The event is free and open to the public.
The naming of facilities requires a recommendation from the President and approval of the Board of Regents. Traditionally, naming facilities is a permanent means of recognizing those who have provided outstanding support to the institution or given exemplary personal service for a sustained period.
“Jim and Linda Booth and Elmer and the late Donna Smith have been ambassadors of higher learning and loyal supporters of Morehead State University since their days as students. Their support through service, dedication, and financial commitment has been unprecedented,” said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, president.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Booth are natives of Martin County. Their experiences at MSU gave them valuable knowledge that led them on to highly successful careers and community service.
In recognition of their enduring support of MSU and their communities, the Regents approved that their names be placed on the current space science building to honor their commitment to our mission of educating students from East Kentucky and beyond.
The Space Science Center is a division of the Department of Earth and Space Science in the College of Science and Technology. The Space Science Center building is a $15.6 million support facility containing classrooms, laboratories and offices. It opened in 2009 and is located at 235 Martindale Drive.
The center is a two-story, state-of-the-art building encompassing 45,000 square feet of floor space. It includes a control center for the 21-meter space antenna system on the ridge top above Nunn Hall, RF and electronics laboratories, anechoic chambers that mimics the electromagnetic environment of space, a rooftop antenna test range, space system development laboratory, and digital Star Theater.
Upon President Ronald G. Eaglin’s retirement in December 2004, the Board of Regents approved naming the academic component the Ronald G. Eaglin Space Science Center in the College of Science and Technology.
Additional information on the ceremony may be obtained by calling MSU’s Office of Development at 606-783-2033.