Elms Community Comes Out in Droves for Dedication

On a beautiful crisp fall Friday, more than 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff showed up to catch a first glimpse of the new Center for Natural and Health Sciences.

“One of the biggest reasons I chose Elms College was because of the outstanding Nursing program. I thought the nursing labs that are currently in the basement of the College Center compared favorably with the other schools I had visited, but with this new facility, we went from good to amazing,” commented Student Government Association President Thomas Engel ’15.

The dedication ceremony included a presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award to Chair and Associate Professor of Math and Science for Wheelock College, Ellen Faszewski ’91, Ph.D. There was also a presentation of the Presidential Medallion to Mary Lou Wright ’57, SSJ, Ph.D., and a recognition of the School of Nursing and its founding Dean, Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., R.N.

Bishop of Springfield, Most Rev. Timothy J. McDonnell, D.D., bestowed the inaugural blessing upon the building before the doors were open to the public. Those in attendance, both young and old, were among the first to explore the new center’s classrooms, labs and restored stained glass windows donated to Elms College by the Diocese of Springfield.

“This building is the fulfillment of a dream for our campus and we are very grateful to those who made it possible,” acknowledged President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D.