PLNU dedicates new Smee Hall building
Thursday, December 4, 2008
San Diego, California
On Saturday, November 23, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) dedicated Smee Hall, home to PLNU's School of Theology and Christian Ministry, Center for Pastoral Leadership, and Wesleyan Center. The two-story, 8,500 sq. ft. Smee Hall provides office space, a large multi-media classroom, and large common spaces to encourage interaction between students and faculty.

Included in the building is a stained glass window featuring a cross. The window measures 20 feet by 21 feet, making it the largest cathedral-style stained glass window in San Diego, according to Cheryl Thomas of Alpine Glass. The window was designed by David Strawn, Ph.D., who retired from serving as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at PLNU after the 2007-08 academic year.

Smee Hall is named for two PLNU alumni, Roy Smee, a pastor and district superintendent, and Francis "Bud" Smee, a lay leader and trustee. Roy was part of the "food caravans" that helped support PLNU during financially difficult years. Bud provided free legal services to the church and university. The congregations both men served would not be the same without their tireless work and dedication, and Point Loma Nazarene University would not be the same without their generosity.

"They left our family a great heritage," said Gary Smee, who along with his wife, Debbie, made a lead gift to honor Roy, his grandfather, and Bud, his uncle.

Roy and Bud are just two members of the five generations of Smee alumni and friends of Point Loma Nazarene University. For example, John Smee serves as director of the Caribbean Region. Gary and Debbie's son, Michael, is in full-time youth ministry; their daughter, Melinda, serves in a lay role. Gary and Debbie both serve as lay leaders in the Porterville Church of the Nazarene.
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