August 21, 2008
Baylor Alum Honors Faculty Who Cared With a Spacious New Structure
By Casi Bowers
Baylor's new McMullen-Connally Faculty Center opens for business with the fall 2008 semester, fulfilling the desire of a proud alumnus who wanted to give something back to his alma mater.
Soon after Faber McMullen (BS '53 MD '56) began his medical practice in the 1950s, he received a call from Baylor during a fundraising campaign. The young doctor wasn't quite ready to make a pledge yet, but knew that he eventually would give back to the faculty who helped shape his career.
Dr. McMullen had met his wife, Roxanna Connally McMullen, while they were both Baylor students. Over the years, the couple indeed gave generously to Baylor, contributing to the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professorship in Biology, Armstrong Browning Library and the Dr. and Mrs. Faber F. McMullen Endowment Fund.
Yet, Dr. McMullen continued to mull over ways he could honor the professors who helped him rise to the top of his class. Shortly after visiting a new faculty facility at another university, the McMullens decided a faculty center would be a fitting tribute, and gave a generous gift for construction of Baylor's new facility.
The McMullen-Connally Faculty Center, centrally located on South Fifth Street between Speight and Bagby Avenues, replaces Harrington House, which began serving as Baylor's first faculty center in 1974. The new facility provides more spacious and modern places to dine, welcome prospective faculty candidates and visiting speakers and accommodate special events.
In addition, the McMullen Family Collection -- a personal collection of more than 200 pieces of art and artifacts from around the world -- is showcased throughout the building. An art conservation room allows for proper care and maintenance of the pieces, which will be rotated several times per year.
"The University is truly blessed to have the opportunity to showcase a collection of this magnitude," said Karin Gilliam, director of Baylor's Martin Museum of Art. "Many of the watercolor paintings are works by prominent artists with whom Dr. McMullen had a personal connection. He is an artist himself and studied under many of those whose pieces have been donated to the University."
Lunch is served daily at the faculty center, and meeting spaces are available by reservation.
"I believe this facility will positively impact the Baylor community for many years to come," said Chris Krause, assistant vice president for campus services. "We are very excited about it, and are grateful to Dr. and Mrs. McMullen for their generosity."
The formal dedication of the Center is scheduled for early October.
McMullen-Connally Faculty Center features
*A central dining area
on the main floor, with capacity for 120 guests and courtyard dining with 20 additional seats. Buffet and menu selections are available daily for lunch, and there is a restaurant-style feel, with a hostess to ensure quick and efficient seating.
*The Great Room
, featuring comfortable seating and a relaxed atmosphere perfect for enjoying conversation and refreshments.
*Three banquet rooms
, each equipped with AV equipment (available for special events after hours and on weekends).
*The President's Room
, which includes a meeting area and the personal library collection of Dr. McMullen.
*The McMullen Family Collection
, a personal collection of art and artifacts from around the world.
To reserve a meeting space during lunch hours (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) or during other times, contact Conference and Event Management at ext. 4105 or by e-mail at [email protected]
More information on the McMullen-Connally Faculty Center is available here.