A new Reid Hall feature

Ever since Reid Hall’s renovation in 2002, the paneled lobby walls seemed to be lacking something.  Last year, Prof. Doug Cumming identified what was missing: The First Amendment.  Michael Todd, technology manager for the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, took the idea and ran with it.  He tracked down Donelle De Witt, a Rockbridge County graphic designer who had installed similar lettering in Elrod Commons, and worked with her on selecting the material (brass), typeface (Palatino) and layout (centered).  Over Reading Days, Donelle and Michael Jorae installed the 45-word statement with meticulous care – and under Michael Todd’s watchful eye.  The First Amendment was unveiled Oct. 15 in a brief ceremony and is already attracting rave reviews. Department Head Pam Luecke said it is fitting that the First Amendment is the first thing that greets you when you enter Reid Hall.  “It informs everything we teach here,” she said, “and distinguishes us from every other country in the world.”


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