App State Cuts Ribbon For Levine Hall (2018-09-25 15:05:32)

Appalachian State University cut the ribbon on the Connect NC Bond’s first completed project on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences building was completed on time and on budget. Levine Hall is Appalachian’s newest and largest academic building to date, and its design facilitates innovative and collaborative learning for thousands of students.

The five-story, 203,000-square-foot Levine Hall was the first project funded by the Connect NC Bond, a bond approved by the citizens of North Carolina in 2016 by a 2-to-1 margin.

University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings, who attended the ceremony, said, “I know Appalachian State and all of those who study in Levine Hall will continue paying back North Carolinian voters with their impact and accomplishments for years to come.”

“When voters approved this project in 2016, they entrusted Appalachian with a significant responsibility,” Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “We are so pleased to be able to rise to this challenge by facilitating a response to the critical health care needs in the rural areas of our state.”

The facility will enable Appalachian to graduate more professionals in health sciences, one of the identified critical workforce areas for North Carolina.

The 1 p.m. ceremony included tours, speeches, music and refreshments for the more than 350 people in attendance.

In addition to Spellings and Everts, the roster of speakers included Executive Director of the Levine Foundation Tom Lawrence, University of North Carolina Board of Governors member C. Philip Byers ’85, N.C. House Rep. Nelson Dollar ’83 ’85, Student Government Association President DeJon Milbourne, who is a senior accounting major from Fayetteville, and Appalachian Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Darrell Kruger.

The Levine Foundation made a $5 million donation for furnishings and outfitting the laboratories and offices. In his remarks, Lawrence said the building was “so much more than bricks and mortar… Entire communities have needs that can go unmet simply because they call the remote mountains of Appalachia home. Of these needs, we know health care is one of the most critical.”

Appalachian’s leadership, he continued, had the vision to “build a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility focused on first-class health care. The Levine Hall of Health Sciences will serve as space for bright, energized students to convene during their time at ASU ... as they help create a responsive, clinical and community approach to rural health care.”

About the Levine Hall of Health Sciences

The facility will house five of the six departments in the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) as well as the Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Institute for Health and Human Services. The state-of-the-art facility allows for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration and research in a location that facilitates a continued partnership with the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

Nearly 3,500 students are enrolled in the college, which offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and six graduate degree programs. Courses of study are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work.

Article written by Elisabeth Wall, courtesy of Appalachian State University

Photo by Marie Freeman