Multnomah's president, Dr. Dan Lockwood, announced at chapel on Thursday, September 25, that Multnomah's new student center project will be named after former Multnomah faculty member and president, Dr. Joe Aldrich. The decision was approved by the Board of Trustees at its September 22 meeting.
Dr. Joseph C. Aldrich, affectionately known as Dr. Joe, served as the school's third president, from 1978-1997. His heart for evangelism is well known among his friends and peers. Even today he continues to practice the "Lifestyle Evangelism" that he writes about in his popular book about reaching others for Christ.
The Joseph C. Aldrich Student Commons will be a complete remodel and 10,000+ square foot addition to the existing student commons building on campus. The commons project is slated to begin next fall, and will house the cafeteria, an enlarged café, and a commuter lounge for students. The newly remodeled cafeteria will also serve as a multi-purpose room for banquets and other campus events. Additional offices including the health services center, post office, and student government offices will be housed in the facility as well.
"One of the main reasons why God has been able to use Joe in some very significant ways is because of his genuine humility. One of his favorite lines when complimented is 'God can draw a straight line with a crooked stick,'" Dennis Fuqua, executive director of alumni relations and director of International Renewal Ministries at Multnomah, said.
Students, staff, and faculty alike are delighted to honor Dr. Joe through the Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center.