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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: 1980s

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

1981: First annual Community Day

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.

The first Community Day was held on September 18, 1981 as a day intended to bring both B-W and the surrounding community together. Events included a picnic, parade complete with a high school band, and yellow jacket football at Finnie Field. Both President Malicky and then Mayor Trupo of Berea gave a speech to all those in attendance. Ted Theodore, Director of Alumni Relations and Community Day organizer, called the day, "a tradition of goodwill." President Malicky initiated a community day years before in order to improve the relationship with the surrounding businesses and residents. Community Day proved to be a great success with support from local businesses who donated food and prizes for giveaways.

1985: Alternative Break Begins

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.


The BW Office of Community Outreach began the program known as alternative break, a student-led learning option designed to allow scholars to receive hands-on experience, providing service hours to communities and projects in need. These instances of active citizenship have varied in length, focus, and location, ranging from the local to the international locations. In 2018, Baldwin Wallace received the Program of the Year award from Break Away, the national Alternative Breaks association for colleges and universities.

1989: Marting Hall Reopens

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.


Marting Hall is reopened following a seven-year vacancy. In January 1982, cold weather combined with a power outage, causing water pipes to burst resulting in extensive damage throughout the interior. The cost to repair the building would require considerable thought, fund-raising, and conversation. Restoration began in 1986 and took three years to complete, reopening in 1989.

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