SSU dedicated its newest academic building, Hatcher Hall, during a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 6.
Shawnee State University dedicated its newest academic building, Hatcher Hall, during a special ceremony Thursday, Nov. 6 at the facility, located at 1001 Fourth Street.
The building, made possible through the Shawnee State University Development Foundation and a generous gift from the Hatcher family, provides classroom and laboratory space for SSU's nursing program.
"This facility is allowing us to grow – to educate and graduate more students who will go on to make a difference in our hospitals and health care agencies throughout the region," Dr. Rita Rice Morris, SSU President, said during the ceremony. "The Hatcher family, Neal, Vicky, and Jennifer, have demonstrated time and again their commitment to this community, our students, and Shawnee State University. They have helped us grow our enrollment through the years through a housing partnership that is being used as a model throughout the state, and they are now helping us meet the workforce needs of our community by providing the academic space needed to accommodate growth in nursing."
During the ceremony, Butch Kotcamp, director of facilities, shared SSU's updated Master Facilities Plan drawing that includes Hatcher Hall. Dr. Leeann Denning, chair of SSU's nursing department, thanked the Hatchers on behalf of faculty and students and led those in attendance on a tour of the facility, which includes state-of-the-art laboratories that simulate health care settings. The Hatcher family was present for the unveiling of a new sign designating Hatcher Hall.
"This building means a lot to me and I'm happy that it can be used in this way," Neal Hatcher commented. "I love this community and I love Shawnee State University. That will never change."