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President Jules Glanzer reviews the long history of wanting a new auditorium on campus. He also spoke of the challenge of raising adequate funds, and thanked the many donors who contributed. “Together with God’s help, we did it,” he said in closing.
President Jules Glanzer reviews the long history of wanting a new auditorium on campus. He also spoke of the challenge of raising adequate funds, and thanked the many donors who contributed. “Together with God’s help, we did it,” he said in closing.
A near-capacity crowd filled almost all of the 829 available seats in the new Herbert C. Richert Auditor­ium Saturday to witness and participate in the official dedication of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on the Tabor College campus.

“This is a historic day in the history of Tabor College,” President Jules Glanzer announced at the start of the hour-long service.

Dozens of people turned out Friday for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting for the Shari Flaming Center of the Arts on the Tabor College campus. Chamber president Courtney Boehm thanked the Tabor Community for wanting to be part of the local community and chamber. Mayor Delores Dalke said over the years the land on which the center was built was passed back and forth from city (as a park) to college (for campus expansions). Jules Glanzer, Tabor College president, said it was their intention to use the new facility resource to enhance the future of the city.
Dozens of people turned out Friday for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting for the Shari Flaming Center of the Arts on the Tabor College campus. Chamber president Courtney Boehm thanked the Tabor Community for wanting to be part of the local community and chamber. Mayor Delores Dalke said over the years the land on which the center was built was passed back and forth from city (as a park) to college (for campus expansions). Jules Glanzer, Tabor College president, said it was their intention to use the new facility resource to enhance the future of the city.

“Nehemiah rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem in 52 days, Solomon built the temple of Jerusalem in seven years, and the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts was somewhere in between there,” he joked.

Glanzer said the college community saw a need for a new auditorium as far back as 1934, when students met in the former college chapel.

He said a proposal for such a project was announced some 51 years ago when Jack Braun was “wooed to come here and be the drama director in 1966.”

Completing the dream took time as well.

“We have spent six years raising the money for this facility, construction of it has been 18 months—and if you notice, there are still some thing things that aren’t yet finished,” Glanzer said.

The $13 million facility, which is dedicated to musical, visual and theater arts, was constructed with many large gifts and sacrificial gifts, he added.

Glanzer said the added goal to raise another $1 million to complete the project debt-free is less than $150,000 from completion.

“You the people have been so generous,” Glanzer said. “You listened to the promptings of the Spirit and generously gave.”

Glanzer noted the challenge of this building project: “As Jesus said, ‘With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ Or, as Nelson Mandela said, ‘All things seem impossible until it’s done.’”

The program included vocal and instrumental music, words of gratitude from the building committee, the financial campaign committee and other entities on and off campus.

Del Gray, associate professor of biblical and religious studies at Tabor, presented the dedication message titled, “The Secret Signature of Our Souls,” which the arts both express and enhance.

Glanzer said at the end of his remarks: “Tabor having an auditorium for the glory of God is no longer something that is impossible. We have one. To all of you, thank-you for making it possible. Together with God’s help, we did it.”

Following the dedication ceremony on Saturday afternoon, attenders were invited to enjoy refreshments in the spacious Regier Atrium and tour the facility.
Following the dedication ceremony on Saturday afternoon, attenders were invited to enjoy refreshments in the spacious Regier Atrium and tour the facility.