Southeastern dedicates long-awaited academic facility
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RIBBON CUTTING DEDICATES NEW ACADEMIC FACILITY - Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain cuts the ribbon marking the official dedication of the university’s new addition to its Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Participating in the event were, from left, Dwayne Honore of D. Honore Construction Inc. of Baton Rouge, Michael Holly of Holly and Smith Architects of Hammond, former dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Barbara Moffett, State Rep. Steve Pugh, Crain, former dean Donnie Booth, Interim Dean Ann Carruth; former dean Elienne Tate, and former Southeastern President Randy Moffett, now president of the University of Louisiana System.
HAMMOND With over-sized scissors in hand, Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain along with other officials and dignitaries cut a ribbon Tuesday (Feb. 28) to officially dedicate the $13 million addition to the Kinesiology and Health Studies building.
“This has been a long time coming,” Crain said, referring to the years-long state Capital Outlay process for designing and building new facilities that started in the 1990s. “It represents an important and much-needed addition to our campus.”
Crain thanked the legislators from the area, who worked to get complete funding for the structure after the hurricanes of 2005 delayed the start of construction. The building houses the offices of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Nursing faculty offices, and classrooms for the athletic training, nursing, and communication sciences and disorders programs.
“These are extremely important programs here at Southeastern,” Crain said. “Our graduates fill vital workforce needs throughout the area.”
“This is a special day for the college,” said Ann Carruth, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “For 20 years, we operated in a converted dormitory. We made the best of it, because our program is primarily about the students and faculty. This beautifully designed, state-of-the art facility, however, will make a real difference.”
University of Louisiana President Randy Moffett, who served as the university’s president and provost during the years of planning the structure, offered his congratulations on the project’s completion.
“It was our goal several years ago to put our academic departments in new or fully renovated facilities,” Moffett said. “This represents a wonderful addition to the campus.”
The facility was designed by Holly and Smith Architects of Hammond, and the contractor was D. Honore Construction of Baton Rouge.
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences enrolls more than 2,850 students in the areas of kinesiology and health studies, communication sciences and disorders and nursing.