This fall semester, Stephens College welcomed new students to campus with a carefully planned move-in day. Teams of faculty, staff, student athletes and orientation leaders conducted health screenings and helped students move in to their residence halls in shifts.
After getting settled, incoming students gathered on the lawn in front of Senior Hall for an evening welcome address by President Dianne Lynch. Everyone was seated at a safe distance in maroon bag chairs thanks to a gift by alumna Lois Luallin ’58 and her husband, Duane. Dr. Lynch closed her remarks by announcing that the students could keep their chairs, and that everyone attending Stephens this year will receive one.
The chairs will be useful for outdoor classes and social activities, including gathering around the new firepit on campus, also made possible by the generosity of the Luallins.
“On a recent Friday morning check-in call, Lois asked if she and Duane could do a little more for the students right now,” said Gina Sholtis, Vice President for Engagement.
“She has been concerned about how the students are getting along this semester in these isolating days of COVID and was tickled to hatch the idea for supporting outdoor activities for our students.
“Some of her fond memories include walking campus, going to the lake and enjoying the park-like setting at Stephens. Lois and Duane are looking forward to cooler evenings and the completion of the fire pit area so they can see pictures of the students enjoying it soon.”