Written by Robert Sivigny, Librarian
On September 12, 2008, the Regent University and Law Libraries celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the construction of the beautiful library building. In 1981, Dr. Pat Robertson received a strong directive from the Lord to build a library for the new university: “. . . we had this plan for this library building and God said, ‘I want you to get on with this thing…'” Dr. Robertson is quick to tell the story of how God supplied needed funding, “Every single month, when a bill would come due, we would have enough money to pay for it.” Construction proceeded for the next two years and in the spring of 1984 the Library took occupancy of the new building, to the glory of God.
The anniversary celebration began with over eighty library guests and former and current Library staff attending the Executive Leadership Series Luncheon to hear Oliver North speak about his new book, American Heroes. Later that afternoon, the Library hosted a birthday party for the University community and everyone who has ever worked for the Library. Presided by Dean Sara Baron, the festivities included keynote speeches by Dr. Randall Pannell, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Alan Arroyo, Dean of the School of Education, and Dr. Rosie Hughes, Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling. One of the highlights of the event was the viewing of a special anniversary video produced by Jennifer Byrd, a film student in the School of Communication and a member of the Library staff.
Among the testimonials contributed by audience members was a delightful contribution by the first Library dean, Frances Birkihiser, who traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the event. At the end of the celebration, everyone enjoyed a piece of birthday cake and fellowship. A streaming video of the event may be viewed at http:www.regent.eduadminmediafmslibgeneral.