The Dedication of the Bollback Student Life Center
FOR most of us, the morning of January 25, 2017, began as a typical day, nothing profound or particularly memorable about the day. However, for the students and staff at the Word of Life Bible Institute campus in Schroon Lake, NY, the morning of January 25th dawned with the same kind of excitement Christmas morning brings with it. The night before, the Class of 2017 ate their dinner meal in the 47-year-old dining room, as had every class before them. But when the students woke up the next morning, they would make their way to the brand new Bollback Student Life Center for breakfast.The cold winter morning did not deter the students and staff who lined up outside the doors waiting for their breakfast. As the doors opened and the students entered, some were silently awestruck at the 8,000-square foot dining room with its polished, heated floors, its 500+
seats, and the floor-to-ceiling windows which framed a breathtaking view of Schroon Lake. Others could not keep their emotions and excitement quiet as they took in the spacious and expanded food line area with its food and beverage stations, gorgeous woodwork, TV’s mounted on the walls, and the spacious open table arrangement. The students and staff will long remember January 25th as the day the Bollback Student Life Center changed the face of Word of Life Bible Institute. Tom Davis (’72), Academic Dean and Professor at the Bible Institute since 1978, described the significance of the new Bollback Student Life Center in this way: “Twenty years from now, those of us still able to reflect on the history of the Bible Institute will talk about the ‘pre- BSLC’ and ‘post-BSLC’ days.” For Executive Dean, Mark Strout (’82), the experience that first day seemed pretty incredible.
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