President Scott Dalrymple is proud to announce that the Quad Initiative was approved by the Columbia College Board of Trustees at its January meeting! Thanks to the generous support of the board and many donors who have contributed thus far, construction on the project has begun.

Once complete in fall 2016, the Quad’s central walkway through the heart of campus will span from Southwell Complex all the way to Dulany Hall – with a number of exciting features along the way.

The Quad will feature an amphitheater for holding classes, student presentations and performances; a zero-entry fountain; a sheltered dining pavilion; a garden honoring Christian College heritage; and a new, centrally located campus safety office, a concept that is already popular among students.

“The new Quad will make students feel more at home on campus,” said Student Government Association President Sarah Barris, a junior at Columbia College. “Students are very excited about where the campus safety office will be located [so close to where students are].”

The Columbia community will have the opportunity to learn more about the Quad Initiative at the March 22 Community Briefing Breakfast on campus hosted by First Lady Dr. Tina Dalrymple, who chairs the Initiative. For more information about the breakfast, contact the Columbia College Office of Development at (573) 875-7563.

Portions of the Quad will be paved with engraved bricks, which can be purchased and personalized through the college to support the project. This is one of the most visible ways support the Quad Initiative and to forever be a part of Columbia College history.

Dr. Dalrymple envisions these bricks being placed near the fountain centered in front of Williams Hall, the college’s first building, and in the semicircle walk of the Christian College Garden below the backdrop of Dorsey Chapel’s stained glass windows.

President Dalrymple and his wife, Dr. Tina Dalrymple hope that students can enjoy all the Quad has to offer starting in the fall of 2016 – but it won’t just be students who benefit. Anyone who spends time on campus to work, visit or rekindle memories has the opportunity to enjoy this unique outdoor space. That’s why faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends of the college have the chance to show their support for the Quad Initiative. One of the most visible opportunities to get involved is by engraving a brick that will be placed near the Fountain or in the walkway of the Christian College Garden.

For more information about purchasing an engraved brick or making a larger gift that will ensure the Quad’s legacy for generations to come, please visit the Quad Initiative homepage.

Engraved bricks can mark:

  • Your own legacy
  • A graduate
  • The memory of a loved one
  • Celebration of a class year
  • A faculty or staff member
  • Your Cougar pride

Limited spaces are available. Placement in the Christian College Garden or in the paver walk near the fountain will be first-come, first-served, so reserve your brick before space runs out.

To give online, visit

Download the brochure.

Other Ways To Give

To find out more ways you can help enhance the student experience by giving to this historic initiative, please contact Sallie Coley ’75, Senior Director of Contributor Relations & Stewardship in the Office of Development at (573) 875-7607 or For more information about other ways to support our students, please visit the giving website.