Hannibal-LaGrange University dedicated the new Carroll Science Center Oct. 16, just two years shy of breaking ground for the 40,000-square-foot, $7 million building.
The expansive facility houses a 58-seat computer lab/classroom, five science labs, two nursing skills labs, two nursing lab hospital rooms, a nursing library, nine multimedia classrooms, a spacious lobby, five student lounges, two conference rooms, two group study rooms, two individual study rooms and 20 faculty offices.
“I want to express my deep appreciation to each of you here because most of you, in very significant ways, made this project a reality,” said HLGU President Anthony Allen.
“It’s been an unbelievable project,” he said.
“We had over 550 gifts given to this project in addition to the hard work, gifts in kind and gifts of service that were given to make this project a reality today.”
Key donors for the project included Phillip and Priscilla Foreman, Bill and Wendy Craigmiles of the HLGU Craigmiles School of Nursing and Mrs. Rheyma Carroll and her late husband, Kenneth, who gave the initial gift that helped move the project forward.
Each key donor family received a framed rendering of the building by Missouri artist John Stoeckley, which was unveiled by President Allen.
“My most carefully chosen words could not express enough my deep gratitude to God and thankfulness for your generous support of this project, and so we celebrate together with our friends and with our community,” said Allen.
“This is a great addition to northeast Missouri. It’s a great addition to Hannibal-LaGrange University. We believe it will be a primary driving force as we move forward to provide expertise and medical degrees in medical science.”
“This dedication is the culmination of a journey that was made possible by many of you here today, through your generous support and prayers,” said Anne Riggs, director of the division of nursing.
“The Carroll Science Center represents the future of Hannibal-LaGrange University. The spacious classrooms, the testing center, the skills laboratory provide us with opportunities to offer new and innovative programs that will advance the future of nursing and healthcare in our area for decades to come.”
“We’re here because of the providence of God, but also because of the generosity of those of you who are here today,” added Don Colborn, professor of biology. “Because you have a heart for Hannibal-LaGrange, because you believe in what we stand for, and because you want to see this university move forward into the 21st century.”