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Atrium at Williams
dedicated to Gibbens

The newly renovated Jerry D. Gibbens Atrium was dedicated on Saturday as part of Williams Homecoming festivities. With Jerry (second from left) for the ceremony are his wife, Barbara (from left), daughter, Julie, and daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Ron Glenn.

Williams Baptist College's newly renovated commons area in the Maddox Center was dedicated during a ceremony on Saturday at 2 p.m. as part of Homecoming 2017 festivities.

In honor of Professor Jerry Gibbens, who marked 50 years of service at Williams during spring commencement exercises, the area has been named the Jerry D. Gibbens Atrium

Joining Jerry for the ceremony were his wife, Barbara, daughter, Julie, and daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Ron Glenn. Gibbens, his wife, Barbara, and their two daughters are all graduates of Williams.

Gibbens, professor of English and chair of the division of arts and sciences at Williams, is only the second employee in school history to reach the 50-year milestone. He joins Joy Ring, professor of business, in reaching the 50-year mark.

"Jerry Gibbens has influenced thousands of students throughout his 50 years of teaching in the English Department of Williams Baptist College," said Dr. Tom Jones, WBC president, when announcing the atrium would bear Gibbens' name this past spring.

Over the summer, the Maddox Center underwent extensive renovations, and the newly minted Gibbens Atrium was unveiled on Saturday.

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