ABERDEEN, S.D. – Presentation College officially celebrated the groundbreaking of its new suites, athletic training/wellness center, and campus green in a ceremony Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. in front of the Strode Activity Center on campus.
Construction on the multi-million dollar project began Nov. 26 and is scheduled to be completed next year.
“This project has been in the works for some time but it is truly exciting to see construction equipment on our campus,” said Dr. Margaret Huber, Presentation College president.
When completed, the new suites will enable PC to house up to an additional 158 students, which will make it possible to recruit new students, according to Lori Harmel, vice president for Advancement.
“In order to grow enrollment you first have to have the infrastructures in place to allow growth,” she said. “That’s exactly what these new suites will allow us to do.”
The new suites will focus on a family-like atmosphere for four students and be equipped with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, and kitchenette.
“It is important for our students to feel like they are part of the PC family and that’s exactly what these suites offer,” said Harmel. “The students get the chance to build lifelong relationships but also have the privacy they want and need.”
The athletic training and wellness center will be built as an addition to the Strode Activity Center and will house the athletic training program. It will also be equipped with exercise and weightlifting equipment for faculty, staff and student use.
“The athletic training addition is a crucial aspect to the growth of Presentation College with multifaceted benefits,” said Chris Huot, program director for athletic training. “As the athletic training education program moves toward Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation, the addition will provide the necessary clinical space to teach and enhance student’s clinical skills. From an athletics perspective, it will enhance the athletic training staff’s ability to provide exemplary care to PC athletes. The new facility will allow the full continuum of care, from the onset of injury to return to play.”
The creation of the campus green, which is a campus beautification project, will be built in the space where the Strode parking lot now exists. Additional parking will be constructed behind the wellness center/Strode and to the east of the new campus green.
“I am very excited for the new campus green,” said Abbie Geraci, sophomore at Presentation College. “It will make our campus look more traditional and also give us a place to study and get together.”
“2012 has already been such a remarkable year for us here at Presentation College and since my arrival in January I have seen many great things happen that will no doubt become building blocks for PCs future,” said Huber. “I can think of no better way to close out 2012 then to celebrate what this groundbreaking signifies for our college and what it means to our students, our and faculty and staff and to the community of Aberdeen.”
* Story by Tim Beckham, Photo by Mark Zoellner