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CAMPUS EXPANSION: Officials Tour New Student Center Site

January 21, 2015

RUSM Student Center Site
From left: RUSM Vice Dean Peter Goetz; Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty; Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit; and Stanley White, PhD, Interim Senior Associate Dean, Dominica Campus.

The Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit–the Prime Minister of Dominica–and other government representatives donned hard hats and safety vests to tour the construction site of Ross University School of Medicine’s (RUSM) new $18 million ($48.6 million EC) Student Center on January 15, 2015.

“You’re on your way to bringing a U.S. campus feel here,” commented the prime minister. 

And according to Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, Dean and Chancellor or RUSM, that's the idea. "The objective is to have it all–the benefit of being in a beautiful host country, and the convenience of what students want in a university," said the dean.

The 47,500 square-foot, three-story building is built to withstand category 5 hurricanes and the seismic pressures of the region, said Director of Site Development Eddie McDuffie, who led the tour.

“We expect the building to be open at least 20 hours a day,” McDuffie said. “Students study all the time.”

The Student Center will house the following: 

  • A dining area and food vendors
  • Study space
  • A new library and computer lab
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning

"This will be a significant enhancement for students on campus," said Stanley White, PhD, Interim Senior Associate Dean, Dominica Campus. "I can't wait for it to open."

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