Feel the energy and enjoy the humor of the recipient of the 2018 Lula White Johnson Distinguished Teacher Award, Dr. Nina P. Huff, as she engages the audience in an interactive talk. Huff will share her experiences as she reflects on her career in education which spans over thirty years. Teaching in public schools, Piedmont Regional Governor's School, as an adjunct instructor for Longwood and Averett Universities, and with New College Institute programs, Huff will have plenty to share with folks. The event will be held at New College Institute The Baldwin Building on May 1st at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited.
Building Receives Official Name
Four years since its opening, the building on the Dana O. Baldwin Block has an official name, The Baldwin Building. New College Foundation board members chose the name because it is how the building has been unofficially referred and it memorializes Baldwin’s contributions to city.
Built to house New College Institute, the facility also is home to the Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and the Martinsville Visitor Center. Venue space is provided to the public for private, community and corporate functions in the Martin-Lacy Lecture Hall.
“It is very much a building for the community,” said Patrice Newnam, chairwoman of New College Foundation. “It is state of the art and considered a local gem.”
The City of Martinsville deeded the land to the Foundation and construction was funded through public contributions, federal and state grants so that New College Institute would have a modern location where residents could earn bachelor’s degrees locally. Over four hundred students have earned degrees and professional certificates through programs at NCI over its twelve-year history.
“It is a fitting name considering Dr. Baldwin owned the entire block,” FAHI executive director, Chauncey Adams said. He and his brothers contributed much to the entrepreneurial spirit which helped the city as a whole.
On the walls of an exterior seating area, murals painted by Amanda Honore’ Donley of Woolwine depict scenes from the past of the Fayette Street area which features the business and cultural life during Baldwin’s era. Inside is a historical exhibit on the first floor that follows a similar theme.
“We are proud of this facility and happy to make it available to the public. It is an asset to uptown Martinsville and the community,” said Newnam.