C-C-C-Cottey,Beautiful Cottey… Come along with me on a tour of OUR beautiful college!
Here is a snapshot of the Cottey campus. The street running horizontally is Austin Street or Hwy 54 and runs the entire length of Nevada. The vertical street is College Street and takes you to Radio Springs and the BIL Hill and Lodge.
As you are driving west on Austin Street in Nevada, the first campus building you will notice is Historic Main Hall, built in 1884. It is the College’s original building.
Main Hall was completely renovated in 2002. It currently houses administrative offices, the Service Center, and the Bookstore.
This is the only part of Main Hall that looks the same as it did when I was a student on campus. This was our main academic building at that time and I attended classes in Main Hall and used these steps on a daily basis.
Heading west again you will come to the only building on campus that I have yet to visit. The Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building, built in 2015, was constructed…
It is joined to the renovated Neale Hall by an atrium, the facility houses the music and art departments.
It includes studios for the visual arts and practice rooms for the music department…
The Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building is joined to Main Hall by an elevated glass walkway.
The next building on our westward walk through campus is P.E. O. Hall. This residence hall, built in 1939, was the first building erected after Cottey was accepted as a gift by the P.E.O. Sisterhood. It has 10 suites and houses approximately 105 students.
Next we come to the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts, completed in 1989, which provides facilities for the performing arts.
…a recital hall with seating for 150, and a large scenery shop and costume shop. How I would have loved working in this facility when I was a student at Cottey. Our “fine arts building” was Rosemary Hall which had been the first dormitory built on campus. Costumes and props for plays were stored in the very spooky attic of that building.
We have now crossed Austin Street. Directly to the south of the Wild Center is Robertson Hall. Cottey's largest residence hall has 14 suites which house approximately 150 students. In the lower level of Robertson Hall is Raney Dining Room, the dining hall for all residential students. Built in 1959, the residence hall is named after Elizabeth Robertson and the dining room is named after Bessie Raney. This facility is partially accessible to individuals with physical mobility disabilities and is air-conditioned. If you have an opportunity to visit Cottey, be sure to enjoy a meal in the Cottey dining room. Chef Michael prepares excellent meals and his Sunday brunch is a popular destination for Nevada residents.
Definitely the most significant location on campus to many Cottey students, the Chapel was built in 1956 as a gift from the BILs. The main chapel seats 480 and there is also a small side chapel and parlor. The Chapel houses the Dysart Memorial Organ, a 21-rank Hammer-Reuter Organ and the Nell Farrel Stevenson Grand Piano. When I was a student at Cottey I never had to set an alarm clock, because the chapel bell rang each morning at 6 am. I don’t know if it still does.
Cottey doubled its residential student population when Reeves Hall was built in 1949. This hall also has 10 suites with approximately 105 students and was named after Winona Evans Reeves.
This is a bedroom in Seaboard Suite…it may well have been one of the rooms I lived in when I was on campus, although we didn’t have flat screen or any other televisions in our rooms or suites. And, laptops as seen on the desk were yet to be invented. Most suites have 4 double rooms and 2 single rooms. I shared a double room my freshman year and as a second year student I had a single room. My single room at Cottey was larger than my double room at the University of Wisconsin – Madison the following year.
Each suite has a living area, small kitchenette, and large bathroom (but, trust me, not large enough for 10 women trying to get ready for dates on a Friday evening).
Hinkhouse Center, directly south of Reeves Hall is Cottey's hub of activity... literally. Here you'll find our gymnasium, fitness room, and swimming pool. Sounds invigorating already, right?. But you can do more here than just run around. The lower level includes a classroom, dressing rooms, student lounge, TV room and the Chellie Club snack bar to help get your energy up before a workout. On the second floor is the Student Life and Development Center, which contains the offices of counseling, health, housing and campus activities. The building was named for Uretta and Paul Hinkhouse and constructed in 1971. The complex also includes three tennis courts, softball and soccer fields, and the Vanek Family Memorial Softball Field, dedicated in 2013.
Crossing College Street from Reeves Hall we find the library. The central place for academic research is the Blanche Skiff Ross Memorial Library, constructed in 1963.
It houses over 50,000 books, covering the breadth of the arts and sciences on the undergraduate level, including the Women’s Studies Collection, the Juvenile Collection, and the Popular Reading Collection in addition to music scores and recordings and over 1,200 videos and DVDs.
A conference room and group study rooms provide a variety of meeting spaces.
All three floors have study tables, easy chairs, private study areas, and computers. Although we didn’t have computers when I was a student, this building was my favorite place to study. I enjoy visiting it every time I return to campus.
The Rubie Burton Academic Center is composed of Alumnae Hall, built in 1974 and renovated in 1998, and Nelle Horner Grantham Hall.
Alumnae Hall, built in 1974 and renovated in 1998, contains classrooms, faculty offices, the student art gallery, and the computer lab. Offices for Academic Affairs, the registrar, and the Kolderie Center are also in this building.
All of the chemistry labs, instrumentation rooms and chemical storage areas are located in Nelle Horner Grantham Hall. Don't worry, the chemicals are never taken outside of those instructional spaces!
Grantham Hall also features a smaller science computer laboratory for computer interfaced experimentation.
We are crossing College Street again and behind the Hinkhouse Center we find the Center for Women’s Leadership. There's a leader in everyone, and for many of our students, much of that discovery begins here. Guest lecturers and outreach programs are just a few of the valuable opportunities you'll find. And for those of you interested in some history, the "house" was originally built in 1927 as a private residence for the W.F. Norman family. (The W.F. Norman Corporation is a world leader in the production of decorative tin ceilings and still operates in Nevada.) When I was a student at Cottey, the house was owned by the Wilkinson family and Tammy Wilkinson was a “day student” at Cottey and a member of our suite. We enjoyed being invited to her house often. The house was purchased in 1997 by Cottey College. Under the leadership of Dr. Helen Washburn, President of Cottey College 1986-2004, the Center for Women's Leadership officially opened in October 2000.
The Cottey House, formerly known as Ewing House, is located across the street from Main Hall. It houses up to seven fourth-year students, and is designed to provide students a more independent living/learning experience.
Taking a stroll down Cherry Street we find The President’s house. This house was built in 1903 by French Humbolt Glenn who later became president of First National Bank in Nevada. Cottey began renting the house in 1940 for use as a student dorm. The college purchased the house in 1941 for $10,500. Seven Cottey presidents have resided there: Dr. Blanche H. Dow, Dr. Ted McCarrel, Dr. Jon Olaf Hondrum, Dr. Evelyn L. Milan, Dr. Helen Washburn, Dr. Judy Rogers and now Dr. Jann Weitzel.
Feeling burnt out from too much studying? Welcome to your escape! Just 8 blocks south of the Cottey campus at the end of College Street, the 33-acre spacious wooded area and cozy lodge provide the ultimate break for you and your friends. The grounds include a large open reception area, fireplace, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. During the day, take advantage of the sun and get your outdoor volleyball on, or stay inside the lodge and play board games, pool, or watch a movie. At night, make a dinner, enjoy a fire, eat some s'mores, and share some ghost stories. Just a few ideas to get you motivated! And once a year, you and your suitemates are able to enjoy an overnight getaway here. Whether you're looking for recreation, or just to relax and unwind, you can do it here! I attended many all college picnics at “The Hill.”
If you ever find yourself in the vicinity, or better yet, plan a trip specifically to visit your College…Our College! You’ll come home anxious to share our college with all the young women you know. A Cottey education was a gift to me by the P.E.O. Sisterhood and it is one that I want to keep sharing with other women.