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Umpqua CC chooses Takelma word for new Snyder Hall

March 1, 2018

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The newest academic building at Umpqua Community College will be named Tapho’ytha’ (duh-poi’-tuh) Hall.

The name approved Wednesday is derived from the Takelma language and means to be blessed and to prosper.

The building replaces Snyder Hall, which was demolished a year after the October 2015 mass shooting that left the gunman and nine others dead.

The college says it wanted to use a Native American word to recognize the area’s history, and to honor the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

Snyder Hall had been named for Ralph Snyder, one of the school’s original administrators. The name has been reassigned to the campus fountain.

A dedication for the new building is scheduled for March 23.

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