Release Date: 11/5/1999
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. --- Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel is looking more like it did when it was built 66 years ago, thanks to the efforts of alumnus Dr. Alvin C. Broyles and his wife, Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon.
The lifetime Board of Trustees member and longtime supporter of the historical chapel helped the university upgrade and restore several facets of Munger Chapel this summer. A generous donation by Dr. Broyles allowed Ozarks to repair, replace and restore several areas of the chapel, including the stairwells, window seals, pews, floor tiles, stained glass windows, light fixtures and the floor in the chancel area. The university was also able to purchase a new state-of-the-art sound system, vastly improving the acoustics of a building that is on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
"We were able to make some improvements and do some things to bring the chapel back to its original look in several areas because of Dr. Broyles' interest and generosity," Ozarks Business Manager Darrell Williams.
Dr. Broyles, a 1941 Ozarks graduate who lives in Clarksville, has been instrumental in numerous improvements to the chapel in recent years, including exterior renovation, waterproofing and refinishing of the doors. He has also helped to maintain and enhance the chapel's "Great Hosanna" pipe organ.
"Dr. Broyles has expended a great deal of time, energy and resources to the chapel over the years," said Dr. Rick Niece. "His mission is one of love and respect for the chapel, and his generosity and reverence for music and the chapel are a blessing to all of us.
"The Smith-Broyles Science Building is also named in recognition of the contributions Dr. Broyles has made to the university. "No Ozarks alumnus has had more influence on this campus than Dr. Broyles," Dr. Niece said. "We are a better university because of his involvement. He is a blessing to all of us at the University of the Ozarks.