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Topping Out Ceremony for UCA Windgate Center

WHO:           Members of the UCA Board of Trustees

UCA President Houston Davis

Vice President for University Advancement Mary Bane Lackie

WHEN:         Thursday, July 29, 2021

Remarks begin at noon

Beam signing and refreshments at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:      Corner of Bruce Street and Donaghey Avenue

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees and President Houston Davis will host a topping out ceremony for the Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts at noon, Thursday, July 29.

Prior to remarks, attendees may include their signature on the topping out beam and enjoy a cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers courtesy of Baldwin & Shell Construction Company. These events begin at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to Davis, speakers include Kay Hinkle, chair of the UCA Board of Trustees; Mary Bane Lackie, vice president for University Advancement; and Scott Copas, president and CEO of Baldwin & Shell.

The event is part of the university’s $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, UCA Now: Impact Arkansas and Beyond. Go to to learn how to help transform the university and communities for generations to come – one student at a time.

 The university broke ground on the facility in October. Upon completion, the new Windgate facility will provide almost 100,000 square feet of much-needed classroom, studio, and rehearsal and design spaces.

 The topping out ceremony dates back to Scandinavian or Viking tradition to mark a milestone in construction. An evergreen tree is placed at the topmost part of the framework or skeleton of a building to commemorate the successful construction of the building.