, Corbin, KY


April 22, 2009

A new campus home

University of the Cumberlands dedicates Lenora Fuson Harth Residence Hall

Special to the Times-Tribune

University of the Cumberlands dedicated its newest building Tuesday, Lenora Fuson Harth Residence Hall, which is named for the generous benefactress who made the building possible. A Williamsburg native, Lenora Fuson Harth, gave the funds for the new building in memory of her daughter, Deborah Leah Harth. Completed in December 2008, Harth Hall opened its doors on January 17 to 96 young women who now call it their campus home.

The dedication ceremony began in the O. Wayne Rollins Center, with acknowledgments for Brian Early, principal architect, and David Jackson, contractor of the building. Following the recognition, the Vintage Dance Society of Lexington, accompanied by several members of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, performed for the audience of special guests, faculty, staff and students. The group demonstrated a variety of dances, including, among others, a mazurka, schottische, galloppe, polka, reel and waltz, from the mid-nineteenth century, all composed in Kentucky or by Kentuckians.

Harth’s nephew, Merrill Fuson, who is a member of the Vintage Dance Society and one of the dancers, arranged the performance in his aunt’s honor. Fuson is the son of Harth’s brother, the late Luther Fuson, who served as a trustee at the University when it was Cumberland College.

Following the performance, the special guests and a number of audience members moved across campus to the lobby of Harth Hall for the remainder of the dedication service.

The beautiful building with its arched portico sits on the hill, below Gillespie Hall, Robinson-Cook Hall, Siler Hall and Mahan Hall, facing downtown, so that it is the first building to greet campus visitors. Inside the 25,842 square-foot structure, twelve suites, each containing four two-person rooms, a bathroom and a common room, are arranged around an open, two-story lounge, with balconies on two sides above, enhancing the feeling of openness. In the lounge, prominently displayed on each side of the entrance into the main hall, are portraits of Lenora Fuson Harth and Deborah Leah Harth.

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