Oregon State University logo

A not so little legacy

The pre-school children had no idea they were making history.  They were too excited about getting their hands in the gooey cement   Their little hand prints are more than a symbolic gesture on the walkway  that connects the new Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and the Child Development Laboratory in Bates Hall.  They represent a new partnership between the two, with faculty and students conducting pioneering research in the Hallie Ford Center and a “living laboratory” of preschoolers right next door. The partnership builds on decades of research and student internships in the Child Development Lab that’s managed by Joanne Sorte who says, “Our proximity and shared mission for healthy children and families open new doors for us.”

Rick Settersten and Joanne Sorte prepare for their creative partnership on behalf of healthy kids and families.

Parents Alexis and Lon McQuillan joined son Cormac adding their hand prints for generations to enjoy.

The grand opening of the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families will take place on Thursday, September 8th with a public dedication at 3:30 followed by tours and refreshments.  Rick Settersten, endowed director of the newly opened Hallie Ford Center is just getting settled into the building.  “It’s everything we dreamed of and more…the natural light and the openness and informality of the space give our new center just the welcoming feeling we wanted.”  Rick is also excited about the installation of artwork later this summer by Oregon muralist Ron Mills.  The work was commissioned under the 1% for Art legislation for Oregon’s libraries, universities, and government facilities.  “Ron is developing three large murals to reflect different aspects of human experience—as individuals, as members of families and communities, and as part of the natural world and humanity.” says Rick.  “Please join us on September 8th! We’re eager to share this extraordinary space with our OSU community and all of Oregon.”