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11/23/10 2:33 pm Age: 4 yrs

Open House Celebrations at WWU

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By: Becky St. Clair

Two renovation projects completed

Open House Celebration attendees mingle in the new entry on the Davis Street side of the WEC on November 15. Photo by Chris Drake.

Walla Walla University recently celebrated the completion of two renovation projects.  The first was the Open House Celebration on the WWU Portland campus in Portland, Ore., on November 1.  Approximately 150 people attended the event, where WWU acknowledged the leadership gifts to the School of Nursing Expansion project, as well as the donors who made the endeavor a reality.

“Generosity in service being one of the goals for education through Walla Walla University, the expansion of the nursing program has added much to the furthering of success of that goal,” says Dennis Carlson, vice president for advancement at WWU.  “Now even more nurses will be educated and sent out for service in health care.”

The James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Lindgren Foundation and Adventist Medical Center were all instrumental in making the expansion project happen, and John McVay, university president, made it a point to note them in his presentation at the event.

Portland campus ASWWU president Jon Schaffer gave a short presentation representing the student response to the expansion. 

“Look at yourself,” he said.  “Now back at me, now back to yourself, now back to me.  Sadly you are not up on this beautiful stage thanking those who made this beautiful place possible.”  His humorous parody of a popular television commercial drew a few chuckles, and spoke to the thankfulness of the students for the new space.

In 1897, the first class of the School of Nursing entered a two-year diploma program, making WWU the second oldest nursing school in Oregon.  In 1978 the school moved to its current location, which provides students with a library, eight classrooms, a skills lab and student housing.

“The School of Nursing faculty are delighted to have both these projects complete,” says Lucy Krull, dean of the School of Nursing.  “It is wonderful to have these new spaces available to be able to accommodate more students.”

On November 15 WWU hosted an Open House Celebration in honor of the completion of several renovations in the Winter Educational Complex (WEC) on the College Place campus.  Approximately 200 were in attendance, which was opened with a fanfare performed by a trombone trio of WWU students.

“This project has benefitted three major programs at our university,” says Carlson.  “It is especially satisfying to see the School of Social Work and Sociology established in this excellent setting.”

WWU’s Wilma Hepker School of Social Work & Sociology had been housed in separate buildings on the opposite side of campus for many years.  The renovation of the WEC and the relocation of the School of Business from the WEC to Bowers Hall created a space to house the entire School of Social Work & Sociology, as well as a second skills lab for the School of Nursing and a new smart classroom.

Several speakers attested to the positive academic impact this project had on the programs affected, including the Health & Physical Education department, the School of Social Work & Sociology and the School of Nursing.  Presenters included Ginger Ketting-Weller, vice president for academic administration, Marvin Denney, chair of the Health & PE department, Pam Cress, dean of the School of Social Work & Sociology, Lucy Krull, Dean of the School of Nursing and Trudy Klein, associate dean of the School of Nursing.

At both events, attendees were invited to take self-guided tours of the new space.   For information about any of these programs, click the appropriate link below or email info@wallawalla.edu.


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