Simplot Residence Hall rededication is Feb. 9
2009. 02. 02.
CALDWELL – Simplot Residence Hall on The College of Idaho campus will be rededicated Monday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the lobby of Simplot Residence Hall. President Bob Hoover, members of the Simplot family and trustees of the college will officially rededicate the hall. The rededication is open to the public.
Simplot Residence Hall underwent a major renovation and reopened in the fall. Improvements included air conditioning, new floors and windows, disabled accessibility, and a new interior featuring modern electrical and plumbing fixtures.
"We needed this project because nearly every bed on campus is filled and we needed more room for students," President Bob Hoover said. "We were able to keep the original building, which is in great shape, and give it an entirely new interior."
The rededication ceremony will take place just a few weeks after what would have been the 100th birthday of J.R. Simplot. In 1945, Simplot gave $100,000 toward the construction of Simplot Residence Hall. The dormitory, which at the time was for women only, was built and dedicated in 1948.
The rededication will include several historic photos of the residence hall. When the hall was dedicated in 1948, Simplot and the other dignitaries sealed a time capsule behind the wall, where it still remains. The time capsule contains the minutes of a Board of Trustees meeting, a college catalog, the Coyote student newspaper, the constitution of the Associated Student Body, the constitution of the Associated Women Students, the constitution of the Boone Christian Association, and a copy of the Caldwell News-Tribune.
During construction, work crews discovered more items tucked into the crannies of the original building, including photos, driver's licenses, meal cards and mid-semester warnings dating back to 1948.
Simplot served on the College's Board of Trustees for more than 60 years, spoke at commencement for more than 50 years, and helped keep the College financially stable during hard times.
Simplot was not an alumnus of The C of I, but several of his children and grandchildren graduated from the College. His daughter Gay graduated in 1968 and serves on the College's Board of Trustees. His son Don is a 1958 alumnus, and grandchildren Anne, Cindy, Laurie, Michael and Ted are alumni.