GGC conference room named for H.J. Russell and Company

GGC and H.J. Russell & Company representatives

Shown are Barry Compton – division vice president; Shivana Waterman – strategic development; Michael Russell – chief executive officer; Dr. Stas Preczewski, interim GGC president; Evan Jahn – senior project manager and Tommy Wyatt – general superintendent 

GGC recently celebrated the unveiling of an official sign naming one of its conference rooms in honor of H.J. Russell & Company, which previously made a gift of $50,000 to support critical needs at the college.

While the company’s generosity is permanently honored through the room naming, its donation was used to make a significant impact elsewhere on campus for students, employees and guests.

“H.J. Russell & Company allowed us to use its donation where it was needed most. Such unrestricted gifts give the college tremendous flexibility in funding unmet needs, answering unexpected challenges or taking advantage of unplanned opportunities,” said Lori Buckheister, director of Development. “In this case, we identified an unfunded project we believed would be especially meaningful to the company, since it is in the construction industry.”

The funds provided an elevator in Building D, which houses the college’s Office of Admissions and other vital services. This building, acquired by the college several years ago, was originally built before the Americans with Disabilities Act. The elevator made the building ADA compliant, and enables individuals with disabilities to access the second floor.

“H.J. Russell & Company began its association with GGC when it built the college’s three student residence halls,” said Dr. Stas Preczewski, interim president. “We appreciate the company’s support of the college as part of its commitment to corporate citizenship and to the community.”

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