College unveils Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences Building

Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences Building

LaGrange College’s new science facility at the corner of Park Avenue and Vernon Street was officially named the Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences Building during ceremonies Thursday. The Hudson family was on hand to assist in the sign’s unveiling.

President Dan McAlexander said it was only fitting the facility be named in honor of Hudson. Her late husband Charles was a longstanding board member and served as acting president of the college from 1979-1980.

“When someone who was as humble and self-effacing as Ida Hudson was, this seems the perfect way to remember her, in honor of all the lives she touched,” he said.

Ida Callaway Hudson

Ida Callaway Hudson

Ida Callaway Hudson was born April 18, 1935, in LaGrange, the daughter of Fuller E. Callaway Jr. and Alice Hand Callaway.

She graduated from Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C., and attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She married Charles D. Hudson on May 1, 1955. They have four children – Jane Alice Hudson Craig, Ellen Hudson Harris, Charles D. Hudson Jr. and Ida Hudson Russell.

Ida Hudson was a 1976 recipient of the Georgia Association for Children with Learning Disabilities Distinguished Service Award and was the first person outside of Atlanta to receive the honor.

She was the Chairman of Charitable Services Company and was a former member of the Board of Trustees of Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and Callaway Foundation, Inc.

Charlie Cauble, Hudson’s grandson, remarked that his grandmother’s humility would not have made her comfortable with the tribute.

“In fact, if she were alive today, she wouldn’t have stood for this,” he said, to the laughter of the crowd.

Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences BuildingCauble said his grandmother had a magnetic personality that drew people to her, and she treated each person with the same dignity and love.

There were three traits that truly characterized Ida Hudson, he said.

“When the sharpness and focus of memory fade, I reflect on what defined her and I come up with three words – humility, benevolence and generosity,” he said. “I am so proud that my grandmother’s name will be forever linked to this amazing legacy. Thank you all.”

A state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot facility, Hudson Lab Sciences Building houses laboratories for instruction in anatomy/physiology, biology, chemistry, ecology, cell and molecular biology, microbiology and organic chemistry and designated space for undergraduate research.

The building includes microscopes that allow students to transfer images to their smartphones or tablets, seminar rooms with oversized televisions and huge dry-erase panels, prep rooms between each lab to allow professors to assemble materials before each class, glass panels in common areas for use as dry-erase boards, a nuclear magnetic resonance machine and an atomic absorption spectrophotometer.

The facility incorporates “soft” learning spaces and community areas for students to gather, compare notes, study or socialize. The spaces also allow students to interact with their professors outside the classroom.

The new laboratories will provide graduates pursuing careers in research, medicine, allied health fields or sustainability, firsthand experience with best-practice instructional methods and current technological innovations.

In addition to the new facility, Callaway Science Building has undergone a complete renovation. Opened in 1972, the facility will create a modern classroom learning environment for the college’s students. The facility will continue to serve as classroom space for all of the sciences and as home for computational mathematics and physics.

Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences BuildingThe “like new” building features space designed especially for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction, including a high-performance computer to support a range of scientific research, a new and enlarged physics lab, spacious math classrooms surrounded by white boards, seminar and group-study areas and full accessibility to those with disabilities.

The new space also provides a significant boost to the college’s relatively new computational mathematics major.

Working with their chemistry, biology and physics colleagues—and the new high-performance computer—faculty and students will be able to pursue multiple undergraduate research projects in experimenting with and mathematically modeling a wide array of interdisciplinary inquiry, mirroring the latest in scientific research trends.

A ribbon cutting and open house for the Hudson Building, as well as the renovated Callaway Science Building, will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. today at the corner of Vernon Street and College Avenue. Parking and a shuttle service will be provided from Price Theater.

In the headlines

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  • Panthers win on senior day – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 13, 2017
  • Native tenor returns for concert – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 13, 2017
  • New science building opens Friday – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 11-12
  • LaGrange College gets big home win – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 9, 2017
  • Panthers look to build on fast start – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 7, 2017
  • Panthers jump into new season – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 6, 2017
  • Pardue coming home – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 3, 2017

Cultural Enrichment events


  • Jan Term presentation: London, History of Football, 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room
  • Heart Health, 11:15 a.m., Corn Auditorium, Lewis Library
  • Info session on Mercer University School of Pharmacy, 11:45 a.m.
  • Spike Lee Film Festival: Do the Right Thing, 6 p.m., Corn Auditorium, Lewis Library


  • Samuel Barber concert, 3 p.m., West Side recital hall
  • Eleemosynary, 7:30 p.m., Price Lab Theater


  • Echoes Along the Syrian Border, 11:15 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room
  • Eleemosynary, 7:30 p.m., Price Lab Theater


Men's BasketballMen’s basketball
The Panthers (14-9, 7-5 USA South) defeated Huntingdon 75-64 on Wednesday for their fourth-straight win. Senior Drew Vanderbrook led all scorers with 18 points. He was named the USA South Player of the Week after scoring 28 points and having 11 rebounds in last Saturday’s win over Greensboro. The Panthers close out the regular season with USA South games at N.C. Wesleyan on Saturday and William Peace on Sunday.

Women’s basketball
The Panthers (16-9, 10-4 USA South) play Covenant today (Friday) in the first round of the USA South Tournament at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. The winner advances to play Maryville on Saturday. LaGrange has won seven straight games entering the tournament.

LaGrange (1-0) beat visiting Millsaps 13-7 in their season opener last Saturday. Madeline LaCavera and Davida White each scored three goals for LC. Freshman Eva Tallent was selected as the USA South Rookie of the Week after scoring two goals in the victory. The Panthers host Otterbein (Ohio) on March 1.

Sophomore Tim Garnett and freshman David Edmondson set school records at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championship meet. Garnett set records in the 200-yard butterfly and 400 individual medley. Edmondson broke the record for the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Elissa Fuller had a personal best time in the 200 backstroke.

Sixth-ranked Birmingham-Southern edged the Panthers (6-1) 8-5 on Tuesday at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium. Blake Butcher had three hits and two RBIs for LC. Senior Casey Bell was the USA South Player of the Week after batting .667 in four games last week. The Panthers play Rhodes and Fontbonne (Mo.) on Saturday, then the University of Dallas on Sunday. All three games will be at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Panthers open the 2017 season with a doubleheader against NCAA Division II member Georgia Southwestern in Americus, Georgia, on Sunday. LC is picked third in the USA South West Division preseason coach’s poll.

Men’s tennis
LaGrange hosts Emory of Oxford on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the first match of the spring schedule. LC was voted third in the coach’s preseason poll for the USA South West Division.

Women’s tennis
The Panthers open their spring schedule Saturday when they host Albany State at 2 p.m. LC was fifth in the coach’s preseason poll for the USA South West Division.

Research assistants Kadeshia Brown, Jeremy Ikner, Matthew James, Megan McDonald, Sean McNamee, Jessica Nelson, Oscar Prim III, Knox Robinson and Isaiah Whitfield teamed up with Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science, to write “Not ‘Taken’ For Granted: Can Freedom Curb Human Trafficking?” This article was published in the Journal of Economic & Financial Studies for the February 2017 edition.

Volunteers are needed to serve as judges March 17 for the West Georgia Regional Contest for National History Day, where more than 200 middle and high school students signed up to compete. A degree in history is NOT required – just an interest in spending the morning talking history with young people. Most judges will be done by 12:30 p.m. To volunteer, complete the judge/volunteer web form. Note if you have a category preference and check the box next to “West Georgia.” For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Shirley at

Dr. John Cook, Professor of Religion, recently published “Resurrection in Paganism and the Question of an Empty Tomb in 1 Cor 15” in New Testament Studies and an article on the probable crucifixion of 30,000 slaves that Caesar Augustus mentioned in his last will and testament (R. Gest. Div. Aug. 25,1: “I handed over about 30,000 captive slaves to their masters to be punished,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (Journal for Papyrology and Epigraphy).

Alumni Tour

The Formula for Fun alumni tour stops in Macon on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 373 College Street. The event offers alumni and friends an opportunity to share memories, hear about the science construction on the Hill from President Dan McAlexander and sign a piece of LC history that will be used in the new laboratory science building. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Community Relations, or 706-880-8244.