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Nursing students demonstrate appreciation at groundbreaking

Nursing students demonstrate appreciation at groundbreaking

Almost three hundred visitors attended a special groundbreaking ceremony for the new Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center Friday, Oct. 21.

Special guests included representatives of the Meyer family, the Leroy and Merle Weir Charitable Trust, and other donors to the new facility. Guests and dignitaries were welcomed to the ceremony by nearly one hundred UMHB nursing students. Dressed in purple scrubs and lab coats, the students created a crosswalk across 9th Street, clapping and showing their appreciation.

University president Randy O’Rear began the ceremony by thanking all of the generous benefactors who had already pledged their support of the project. He also announced that the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., approved a $2 million challenge grant for UMHB, to be used to help fund construction of the new Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center. Under the terms of the agreement, the university must secure a total of $18 million for the project by Oct. 1, 2012; the foundation will then give UMHB the final $2 million to complete the funding needed for the project.

“We are on our way to great fundraising success with this building, and we praise God for the many friends who are stepping forward to bring this much-needed facility to life,” O’Rear said.

Dr. Sharon Souter, dean of the College of Nursing, expressed her joy and excitement. “This building is a culmination of many years of dreaming. It will represent God’s love for the community as we prepare spiritually informed students to go out and provide his care.”

The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center will offer 76,100 square feet of space for the university’s Scott & White College of Nursing. The building will feature state-of-the-art simulation centers where students will practice their clinical nursing skills, in addition to high-tech classrooms designed for best practices in nursing education.

The facility will be constructed at 409 West 9th Avenue, across the street from the university’s York Science Center. Work on the $20 million facility began in December, and it is expected to be ready for use in the spring of 2013.