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November 1, 2010

Contact: Greg Dart
Snow College Spokesman

View Pictures of Library Dedication

EPHRAIM – Snow College students, employees, alumni and friends gathered today to celebrate the dedication of the Karen H. Huntsman Library on Snow College’s Ephraim campus.

Jon M. and Karen H. Huntsman donated $2 million for the construction of the facility. Without their donation, the building project would not have been possible, said Snow College President Scott Wyatt.

“This is a historic day for Snow,” said Wyatt. “We will forever be indebted to the Huntsmans.”

Karen Huntsman told the crowd of nearly 500 that she hoped the library would help students remember the power of giving. She said that has been the policy she and her husband have always lived by.

“I knew anytime we have two nickels in our pocket, one of those nickels would be going back to society,” said Karen Huntsman. She said her husband has been the driving force. “He will never give up, he will always make a difference, he will always give back to society.”

Jon M. Huntsman, who offered the dedicatory prayer, called the library “an edifice of love, tranquility and safety.”

The $18 million, 72,000 square foot library was completed in August. Students have occupied the four-story building, which is equipped with new technology, multiple study rooms and furniture that can be arranged in a variety of ways.

The descendants of Erastus Snow, one of Snow College’s namesakes, donated his prized pocket watch to the college as part of the ceremony. It is now on display in the Huntsman library.

Part of the ceremony was a traditional passing of the books. Each time the college has moved its library in the past, a chain of students, faculty and staff has lined up to pass the books one by one to the new shelves. The passing of the books was ceremonial because books had already been moved and shelved in the Huntsman library.

The Lucy Phillips building, which served as the library until the Huntsman library was completed, is being remodeled now and will open with new classrooms in January.