During the ground-breaking ceremonies for the new Science, Nursing and Allied Health building to be added to the Hannibal-LaGrange

During the ground-breaking ceremonies for the new Science, Nursing and Allied Health building to be added to the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus, the speakers reported it will be a positive result of Hannibal’s damaging windstorm on May 20 of this year, which destroyed the science building.
The new 40,000 square foot building is expected to be ready for use by August 2014. It will be located on the southeast side of state Highway 168 between the Roland Fine Arts Center and Crouch Hall.
The handicapped-accessible building will include science, math and nursing classrooms, a computer lab, private and group study rooms, a student lounge/common area, faculty offices and science lab rooms.
The Nov. 22 ground-breaking ceremony was at the Roland Fine Arts Center.
Dr. Jerry Burkett, HLGU Biology Department chairman, said the new building will have lab and classroom space that will “allow us to grow our programs.”
Burkett said “I thank God for taking care of our needs by sending the ‘perfect storm’ in May.” It caused major damage to the campus, and insurance funds will help finance the new building.
He added that back in June 1989, “we had the fire” which at first was negative but resulted in a ‘growth spurt.’
“Now we are talking about before the (May 20) storm and after the storm,” Burkett said, concluding with a quote from an unnamed source: “Life is not fair, but God is good.”
Anne Riggs, director of Nursing and Allied Health, said the new building will represent the future of Hannibal-LaGrange University.
“We have an opportunity to shape the future through new and innovative programs that will impact many students pursuing degrees in math, science and the health professions and provide them with knowledge for service, knowledge that will prepare them for a profession that can be used to glorify God,” Riggs said.
She added that “God has blessed the nursing division with record enrollments and new programs that led us to outgrow our previous space in the Science Building several years ago.
“Today, God is blessing us with the opportunity to break ground on a state-of-the-art facility that will enable us to better equip and train health professionals to serve our community, our profession and our God.”
HLGU President Dr. Anthony Allen said the building will be important for the faculty, staff and students and help the university achieve its goal, which is for “the students to make a real impact in their field and for the kingdom of God.”
He explained that the May 20 storm “moved us to consider new things” and prompted the decision to build this new facility.
“We hope it will meet the present and future needs,” Allen continued. “We have a chance to receive a Challenge Grant through the Mabee Foundation,” if enough funds are raised.
Allen also explained the building will be on a new road from state Highway 168, and the campus’ roads and parking lots will be redesigned.
After hearing plans for the new building, the group went to the construction site. The group manning shovels at the ground breaking in addition to Allen, Burkett and Riggs were the Rev. Terry Buster, HLGU trustee; Jenna Niemann, Klingner and Associates; Louis Vannatta, Bleigh Construction; Jake King, HLGU staff representative; Sarah Nardi, HLGU student ambassador and mathematics major; Stacy Allen; Debbie Ziegler, HLGU Department of Mathematics chair; Mrs. Steven Voss, HLGU faculty representative; Dr. David Pelletier, vice president of Academic Affairs; McKenzie Disselhorst, Director of Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Ray Carty, HLGU vice president for Enrollment Management; Betty Anderson, HLGU vice president of Business and Finance; David Bleigh, Bleigh Construction; and Roy Hark, Hannibal mayor.

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