1000 West Austin Blvd.
Nevada, MO 64772
Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts
Feeling creative? One of Cottey's newest buildings features some
of our most interesting options on campus: a 490-seat auditorium,
the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery, the Missouri Recital Hall with
seating for 150, and a large scene shop and costume shop. Stretch
your mind and attend some events!
Most of the buildings at Cottey are filled with an impressive
history, but none more so than Main Hall. What started as a brick
schoolhouse in 1884 is now home to administrative offices, music
studios, practice rooms, a MIDI lab, faculty offices, and what will
surely become one of your favorite places: the bookstore. The
building underwent an extensive renovation in 1981 and again in
A place to visit to see the artistic creations of your fellow
students. In addition to having an art gallery that displays
student works throughout the school year, the Hall houses art
classroom laboratories, and faculty offices. It was built as a
gymnasium in 1922 and housed a swimming pool in the basement. It
was originally a two story building, but the top floor was removed
after being damaged by fire in 1937. Neale Hall was renovated again
as the art center in 1972. Plans are currently underway to build a
new Fine Arts Instructional Building which will be connected to
Main Hall and incorporate the existing Neale Hall building.
This residence hall, built in 1939, was the first building erected
after Cottey was accepted as a gift by the P.E.O. Sisterhood. It
has 10 suites and houses approximately 105 students.
Cottey's largest residence hall has 14 suites which house
approximately 150 students. In the lower level of Robertson Hall is
Raney Dining Room, the dining hall for all residential students.
Built in 1959, the residence hall is named after Elizabeth
Robertson and the dining room is named after Bessie Raney.
Definitely the most significant location on campus to many Cottey
students, the Chapel was built in 1956 as a gift from the B.I.L.s.
The main chapel seats 480 and there is also a small side chapel and
parlor. The Chapel houses the Dysart Memorial Organ, a 21-rank
Hammer-Reuter Organ and the Nell Farrel Stevenson Grand
Cottey doubled its residential student population when Reeves Hall
was built in 1949. This hall also has 10 suites with approximately
105 students and was named after Winona Evans Reeves.
Cottey's hub of activity... literally. Here you'll find our
gymnasium, dance studios, fitness room, and swimming pool. Sounds
invigorating already. But you can do more here than just run
around. The lower level includes a classroom, dressing rooms,
student lounge, TV room and the Chellie Club snack bar to help get
your energy up before a workout. On the second floor is the Student
Life and Development Center, which contains the offices of
counseling, health, housing and campus activities. The building was
named for Uretta and Paul Hinkhouse and constructed in 1971.
Blanche Skiff Ross Memorial Library
The Ross Library is a student-centered hub for information and
collaboration, open daily for over 85 hours per week. The
flag-draped Information Commons provides a dynamic learning
environment for student interaction, staff assisting with questions
or problems, library research sessions, and both group and
individual study areas. Abundant natural light, computers, wireless
access for personal devices, traditional quiet study carrels,
comfortable seating areas, and group meeting rooms appeal to
diverse student learning styles.
Construction of the Ross library started in 1962 and it opened on
March 16, 1963.
Rubie Burton Academic Center
The Rubie Burton Academic Center is composed of Alumnae Hall,
built in 1974 and renovated in 1998, and Nelle Horner Grantham
Alumnae Hall, built in 1974 and renovated in 1998, contains
classrooms, faculty offices, the student art gallery, and the
computer lab. Offices for Academic Affairs, the registrar, and the
Kolderie Academic Assistance Center are also in this
Nelle Horner Grantham Hall
All of the chemistry labs, instrumentation rooms and chemical
storage areas are located here. Don't worry, the chemicals are
never taken outside of those instructional spaces! Grantham Hall
also features a smaller science computer laboratory for computer
Helen and George Washburn Center for Women's Leadership
There's a leader in everyone, and for many of our students, much
of that discovery begins here. Guest lecturers and outreach
programs are just a few of the valuable opportunities you'll find.
And for those of you interested in some history, the "house" was
originally built in 1927 as a private residence for the W.F. Norman
family. (The W.F. Norman Corporation is a world leader in the
production of decorative tin ceilings and still operates in
Nevada.) The house was purchased in 1997 by Cottey College. Under
the leadership of Dr. Helen Washburn, President of Cottey College
1986-2004, the Center for Women's Leadership officially opened in
The Physical Plant houses the offices of Maintenance,
Housekeeping, Security, Grounds, Safety, and Shipping.
The President's house was built in 1903 by French Humbolt Glenn
who later became president of First National Bank in Nevada. Cottey
began renting the house in 1940 for use as a student dorm. The
college purchased the house in 1941 for $10,500. Six Cottey
presidents have resided there: Dr Blanche H. Dow, Dr. Ted McCarrel,
Dr. Jon Olaf Hondrum, Dr. Evelyn L. Milan, Dr. Helen Washburn and
Dr. Judy Rogers.
Feeling burnt out from too much studying? Welcome to your escape!
Just 8 blocks south of the Cottey campus, the 33-acre spacious
wooded area and cozy lodge provide the ultimate break for you and
your friends. The grounds include a large open reception area,
fireplace, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. During the day, take
advantage of the sun and get your outdoor volleyball on, or stay
inside the lodge and play board games, pool, or watch a movie. At
night, make a dinner, enjoy a fire, eat some s'mores, and share
some ghost stories. Just a few ideas to get you motivated! And once
a year, you and your suitemates are able to enjoy an overnight
getaway here. Whether you're looking for recreation, or just to
relax and unwind, you can do it here!