Baylor Environmental Studies To Honor Donor, Display New Facilities

Nov. 20, 2000

by LoAna Lopez

Baylor University's environmental studies department will honor a long-time program supporter and celebrate the department's new location on campus at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the newly renovated Goebel Building located in the middle of campus.

Former regent and longtime friend of Baylor, C. Gus Glasscock Jr. will be inducted into the Medallion Fellowship by Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. There also will be an unveiling of a bronze plaque to honor the oil and ranch man who attended Baylor in the 1930s.

Glasscock helped establish the first facilities for the environmental studies department which later bore his name. He continues to support and stay in touch with Baylor from his Houston office and his 8,500-acre ranch in Columbus, just west of Houston. During this past academic year, he initiated a scholarship fund to award seven annual scholarships to environmental studies students.

"Mr. Glasscock became one of the earliest financial supporters of the environmental studies institute in the days before it became a department," said Dr. Owen Lind, professor of biology and former institute director. "His gifts ranged from books for a conservation library to the environmental studies building on the Brazos River. Prior to his major gift, the institute was housed in a suite in the basement of Moody Memorial Library. It was his gift of a building that permitted the institute to have a visible identity on campus, in the community and across the state."

For more information about the event, contact environmental studies at 710-3405 or 710-4408.

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