More than 300 people came out to celebrate the new Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Agriculture Complex at Northeast Texas Community College on Thursday. A dedication ceremony was held in the pavilion of the recently-opened facility and Elizabeth Whatley and other special guests were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
Whatley gave more than $900,000 to the building that now bears her name. This was part of a $1.7 million donation she made to NTCC in 2008.
“The Whatley family has made so many contributions to this institution over the years. Their gifts have literally changed the face of our campus and we are so grateful for their generosity,” Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Vice President for Advancement, said.
Other major contributors to the ag complex project include: State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), $750,000; The Meadows Foundation; $85,000; and Bowie-Cass Electric, $50,000. Also recognized at the event were Mrs. Kathryn Callaway, who has established a perpetual scholarship for agriculture, and Dr. Charles Florio, NTCC President Emeritus. Craig Trimm, Acting Assistant Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs with the United States Department of Agriculture, was the special guest speaker on Thursday.
NTCC recently received word that the Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Agriculture Complex received Platinum Certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the nationally accepted benchmark for environmentally-friendly construction. This is the highest rating a building can receive.
Today, NTCC is hosting the Living from the Ground Up Small Farms Expo, which has more than 200 enrolled. A free open house will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-friendly event will include rural living demonstrations, presentations on sustainable agriculture, tours of solar and wind energy generation systems and more.
For more information about the Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Agriculture Complex or NTCC Agriculture, please visit www.ntcc.edu/ag or call Dr. Charlie Apter at 903-434-8267.
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