Kent State Salem Unveils New Health and Sciences WingPosted Sep. 27, 2011
Salem, Ohio – Kent State Salem unveiled its new, multi-million dollar Health and Sciences Wing Friday with an official ribbon cutting. The state-of-the-art facility creates a dedicated space for nursing and radiology instruction and allows for the use of new technology. The wing includes new centralized classrooms, learning laboratories, a bookstore, a conference room and centralized offices to support students in the nursing and radiology programs.
The initial renovation made use of the campus’ underutilized gymnasium, providing an additional 16,000 sq. ft. of learning space. Kent State Salem is beginning the planning process to finish the wing’s 9,000 sq. ft. second floor at an estimated cost of $2 million. When completed, the learning facility will include four hands-on science laboratories and additional classrooms.
The University’s President, Dr. Lester A. Lefton, said the University is proud of this community effort. “It really does take a village to build a campus,” he said. Thanking the audience, Dr. Lefton said, “It took your time, talent and treasure, to make this entire campus, not just the Health and Sciences Wing, a reality. We are very proud of this community effort.”
Original estimates for the first floor renovations total $6 million. Support was provided through State capital funds, and Kent State Salem dollars coupled with the generosity of private donors.
“Kent State Salem is grateful for many donors who made this building a reality including The Salem Community Hospital, The Salem Community Foundation, The Pearce Foundation and more than 50 private individuals and families,” said Director of Advancement Matt Butts. “An investment in higher education will have numerous long-term benefits for our community.”
Kent State Salem Advisory Board Chairman Joe Sedzmak said Salem is a generous community that has always been concerned for the future of its citizens. “Thank you to all of you who had the vision to transform a gym into a state-of-the-art learning facility.”
Public Relations Coordinator Ruth McCullagh said the new addition will increase the number of highly skilled professionals available to local employers, while at the same time enhancing the quality of health-care services in the community. Kent State Salem, and its sister campus, Kent State University at East Liverpool, has always focused on providing top-notch degrees that allow students to purse well-paying jobs locally. Combined, the two campuses offer 28 degrees, including 14 bachelor’s degrees.
Senior nursing student Krista Hawkins, who is married with three children, said “I am so fortunate to have a college campus right here in my own backyard that allows me to earn a four-year degree while keeping up with my family responsibilities. This campus is allowing me the opportunity to provide a better life for my family.”
Senior radiologic and imagining sciences student Brittany Kelly said that during her experience at Kent State Salem, she was introduced to many possibilities through the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences program. “This program enabled me to continue my education and expand my career options,” she said.
The public is invited to view the new facility Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with the campus’ Kids’ Fun Fest and Community Fair. For more information, please call the campus at 330-332-0361.
Kent State Salem officially opened its new multi-million dollar Health and Sciences Wing Friday. The state-of-the-art facility creates a dedicated space for nursing and radiology instruction and allows for the use of new technology. The wing includes new centralized classrooms, learning laboratories, a bookstore, a conference room and centralized offices to support students in the nursing and radiology programs. Helping commemorate the event include Senior Brittany Kelly (far left), Interim Assistant Dean Dave Guy, Senior Program Director Jan Gibson, University President Dr. Lester A. Lefton, Program Director Mary Lou Ferranto, Advisory Board Chairman Joe Sedzmak and Senior Krista Hawkins.
Ruth McCullagh, email@example.com, 330-337-4247