JCJC Breaks Ground On Anderson Hall
Written By: Teresa Martin
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Date Submitted: 2010-08-16 14:39:03
ELLISVILLE –He’s been a driving force behind the scenes at Jones County Junior College for decades until now, when his name will be on the front of a building on the campus. College officials announced today a new, three-story dormitory will be named Anderson Hall after Sidney S. (Buck) Anderson.
“I think it is quite an honor that will live on for years,” said a humbled Anderson. “I never dreamed of this.”
The announcement was celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony, marking the construction of the121-bed, 35,000 square foot women’s dormitory. This is the first new dormitory on the campus since the construction of Smith Hall in 1988 and the addition onto Wayne Hall in 2000.
When complete, the new housing facility will be a campus focal point for student involvement and civic activities. Anderson Hall will be adjacent to a 12,000 square foot student town hall. Every JCJC student will have the opportunity to be part of a campus community complete with elected representatives for the Student Government Association (SGA). Through a civic-centered student government, students will learn important life lessons outside of the classroom.
JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith believes Anderson exemplifies the best of civic involvement and giving back.
“Mr. Anderson has had such an impact on JCJC. He’s the perfect example of a civic and business entrepreneur. If he recognizes an opportunity, he acts on that vision and makes it a reality. He lives nine hours away in Fitzgerald, GA. Yet, he doesn’t miss a beat,” said Smith. “Buck is a very active member of the alumni association and the JCJC Foundation. He’s involved in every major event at Jones.”
In addition to Anderson’s civic involvement on the JCJC campus, the Vice President of the JCJC Foundation Board has also opened doors for Jones administrators to visit several other college campuses.
“Mr. Anderson has helped us define our campus vision. He has devoted much of his time and resources to ensure our success. He’s been instrumental in helping us upgrade the aesthetics of our campus,” said Smith.
Anderson, a native of Moselle, MS said he would prefer to discuss one of his hobbies that greatly impacted campus beautification efforts at Jones, instead of talking about being the namesake of a building. The Georgia entrepreneur is also an avid gardener. “It’s my passion,” said Anderson. “I just enjoy it.”
There’s evidence of Anderson’s ‘green thumb’ throughout the Jones campus with donations of giant ferns and the creation of a campus-wide landscaping design. However, the 75 year-old president and general manager of Dixie Peanuts has also offered his business expertise, encouraging the Jones Foundation to initiate a capital fundraising campaign in 1999.
“He endowed the first $100,000 to establish the research for the first capital campaign which raised approximately $9 million in pledges and contributions,” said Smith. “He has made a great impact on the JCJC Foundation, the campus and housing.”
The gardener has planted seeds of success in hundreds of JCJC students through his generous donations. Foundation Board president, Margaret Ann Pickering recognized his generous support of the college through scholarship endowments. As a member of the undefeated 1955 JCJC Bobcat football team that played in the Junior Rose Bowl for a national championship, Anderson led the effort to establish the 1955 Bobcat Team Scholarship Endowment and the 1950’s Football Coaches’ Scholarship Endowment. Anderson also established the Sid and Dorothy Anderson Memorial Scholarship in memory of his parents.
“No alumnus has given more of himself than Buck Anderson,” said Pickering. “Because of his generosity in time and resources, many fortunate students will receive an education at JCJC. Buck has been a good ambassador for JCJC for over 50 years now, and the scholarship program has continued to flourish because of his leadership. I want to express a heartfelt thanks and gratitude for his continuing support to the students in our area.”
Joined by his wife, Libby for the special ceremony, Anderson said he’s proud to be a Bobcat. He shared, “Jones helped me when I needed it by offering me a football scholarship. I just wanted to make sure they (JCJC) were paid back, because I always enjoyed my two years at Jones.”
The Petal High School graduate came to Jones in 1955 and transferred to Northeast Louisiana University in 1957 where he earned his Science degree. He and his wife have three children.
“He’s attributed all of his successes back to JCJC which he said nurtured him to be who he is today,” said Smith. “He’s been thankful and supportive throughout his successes. Buck is a testament to his family and his wife, who has taken every step with him.”
Anderson Hall will have 121 beds with a combination of four-bed/two-bath and six-bed/three-bath suites with every room having two-beds. The state-of-the art building will feature card-access to main entrances and suites, and a fire sprinkler system. Common areas will be on each floor to encourage student-centered civic activities.
With the completion of Anderson Hall in summer 2011, JCJC will be able to house approximately 448 women and 340 men on campus.
1976- Covington, Greene, Jasper
1978- Wayne Hall
1988- Smith Hall
2000- Wayne Hall addition
2011- Anderson Hall