ROSEBURG, OR. -- Umpqua Community College dedicated the campus' newest building on Friday, and renamed the fountain in the middle of campus.
Student leaders wanted to keep the administrator’s name alive, so they associated it with an area on campus that brings students, staff, and visitors the most joy.
Tapʰòytʰaʼ Hall was built where Snyder Hall used to stand.
But a year after the campus shooting in October of 2015, administration decided it was time to move forward.
Tapʰòytʰaʼ means "to be blessed and to prosper" in Takelma, a native language of the local Native American tribes.
With the blessing from the Cow Creek Tribe’s board of directors, this building was given a name synonymous with how the college’s administration feels about their growth since that day in October, and UCC’s future.
“Tapʰòytʰaʼ embodies the very essence of our being. We are blessed with the natural beauty of our location, the abundance of support from this community, and the talent and spirit of our students and employees. I have every confidence that these blessings will allow us to prosper,” said UCC President Debra Thatcher.
The building’s offices were opened up to faculty two weeks ago.
Spring break at UCC is next week, and when students return, some of their classes will be moved to the new classrooms in Tapʰòytʰaʼ Hall.