By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — Alumni and friends of Indian Hills Community College have a very unique way to memorialize their loved ones, friends or the great times shared at IHCC.
Those who want to share a special memory can purchase memory path pavers and engrave them with names or short messages. The notes left on the stones commemorate employees, alumni or those who want to show their fondness of the college, and different logos can also be included for an extra $25.
“The paths were established to provide the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on the campus of their [alumni and friends] choice,” said IHCC Alumni Coordinator Bianca Myers.
The pavers are placed in the memory paths that run alongside the pond behind the Hellyer Student Life Center on the Ottumwa campus and between the Barn and administration center at the Centerville campus.
The Memory Paths were constructed on each campus in 2008. Since their establishment, more than 50 pavers have been placed at the Ottumwa campus, and nearly 15 have been added to the path in Centerville. There are approximately eight new stones that are set to be placed currently.
The pavers are placed into the path twice a year, in April and September. By placing them in April, they will be seen by guests who are on campus for the spring commencement ceremonies, and the September placing is just in time for Homecoming week.
There are three types of stones available for purchase. The smallest is a 4-by-8 inch red brick, with three columns of 14 available character spaces. The other two stones are granite, and measure either 8-by-8 inches or 8-by-12 inches, with six lines and a maximum of 14 characters per line for the smaller and six lines with a max of 21 characters per line for the larger stone.
Prices for the stones are $50 for the red brick, $100 for the smaller granite and $150 for the larger granite. All of the proceeds from the stone sales will go toward supporting scholarships for Indian Hills students through the IHCC Foundation.
Not only is placing a stone a way to leave a reminder of great memories, but the stones also help current students by providing scholarship dollars. Purchasing a paver is a way for those who truly love IHCC to leave a mark on the campus that they feel so strongly about, according to Myers.
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