Ada Wallace Roberts Concourse
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Throughout the history of the college, the "Hill" has been an enduring symbol. For decades students climbed the east front of the campus up the steep hill to get from downtown to class. In the winter students and local children used the hill for sledding. In 1964, after much discussion, a roadway and sidewalk was built connecting Lewis Street to Henderson Hall. The Board of Trustees envisioned a road that would give a panoramic view of the College on one side and, on the other, the Mississippi Valley. The site was named after Ada Roberts, a long-time faculty member and administrator. At the base of the hill was placed a sign that included, along with Mrs. Roberts' name, the names of those students who had given their lives in World War II.
The Concourse continues to provide the panoramic views originally sought by the Trustees. Approximately 200 historic campus trees and steps and footbridges were lost in the tornado of May 6, 2002. It was both a tragedy and a new beginning. The newly opened vista revealed even better views than had previously been known. The college developed a Greenspace Committee to advise on landscaping matters and to protect these new views as well as older ones.