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Building Additions (1908-1920)
  Western Union College, thanks to the liberality of its friends in Le Mars, built a fine gymnasium in the fall of 1908 which had available floor space of 2,800 square feet, with bath and locker rooms in the basement. Lockers with combination locks were provided and the building was equiptped with modern apparatus as rapidly as possible.
beginning with the school year of 1909-1910, physical traning was required of all students, under the leadership and supervision of instructors.
  The phyisical training program consisted of basketball and other in-door games, in addition to body building exercises and fancy marching. Every effort was made to make the work pleasant, as well as helpful. An incidental fee of $1 per semester was required of all students at registration to cover expenses for the program. Hot and cold baths were provided, but students were required to furnish towels.
  By 1916, Western Union College was firmly established. What had started as a Normal School and Business college in 1887 had become a well-established institution of higher learning. During this period, the college departments were organized and enlarged, student organizations had their beginning and the athletic program was introduced. Furthermore, the physical plant of the college was enlarged with the addition of Union Hall and the gymnasium.
  The Rudolph Dubs Memorial building was completed during 1920 and was used for the first time during that year. This building was erected through funds contributed by friends of the late Bishop Dubs. This structure was used as an Administration and Liberal Arts Building. The ground floor was used for class rooms. The second floor contained the administrative offices of the president, treasurer and other officials, as well as the bookstore and recitation and lecture rooms. The third floor contained the library, study hall, space for the literary societies, and recitation rooms. The fourth floor housed the college museum and art room.

Rudolph Dubs Memorial
Rudolph Dubs Memorial Building -- first used in 1920

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