KSU recently revealed the completion of one of several projects designed to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the University when a series of banners depicting photo collages were erected on the side of a prominent campus building.
The Jordan Building, which is home to the office responsible for the upkeep of the University’s buildings and grounds got an update of its own when the photo collages were installed. The building, which houses Facilities Services, features four distinct, arched panels, clearly visible from the entrance of the University’s campus. For years, these four concrete panels remained unadorned.
It was initially recently-retired staff member Ron Banks who presented the idea to make a better use of such a highly visible space. Banks suggested commissioning a mural to add a sense of history and school spirit in a space that majority of campus guests as well as students would see. That idea evolved into the final product that can be viewed today.
The Jordan Building Project, as it came to be known was a collaboration between the Office of External Relations and Development, with several alumni and staff members including Hettie Oldham, Irma Johnson, Ron Banks, Katrisha Waldridge, and Todd Horstmeyer.
“The purpose of the project was to enhance the appearance of the Jordan building by providing a series of collages that pertain to four distinct eras in the history of KSU,” Horstmeyer said.
The committee responsible for selecting the photos used for the display met for months and scoured through thousands of photos. The images were sourced from the University archives, CESKAA, as well as a local photographer and depicted images including early graduating classes, the NAIA championship basketball team, the world-renown aquaculture program and KSU today. The project came together over a 5-month time span and was brought to fruition through the help of Lynn Imaging in Lexington.