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CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT: RUSM Opens New Student Center

May 18, 2015

RUSM's new Student Center contains a library, student study space, the Center for Teaching and Learning,  space for a campus store, and food facilities, including a large dining area and space for three vendors.

On May 14, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) welcomed local dignitaries for the official opening of its new Student Center on the Dominica campus. The Hon. Dr. John C. McIntyre, Acting Prime Minister of Dominica, joined RUSM Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty to cut through the ceremonial blue ribbon, marking a significant milestone in the campus’s development.

“Today we celebrate the opening of the student center, a marvelous facility of more than 50,000 square- feet, and an investment of $18 million -- an investment that will surely continue to build on the legacy of excellence in medical education at RUSM and sustain the essential qualities of a rigorous academic education and the value of community as a support for a successful total student experience. It is an honor to share in this celebration and achievement,” said RUSM’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Thomas G. Hollinger.

Ribbon cutting for new student center at RUSM
Dr. Thomas G. Hollinger, RUSM Chairman of the Board of Trustees, left, Hon. Dr. John C. McIntyre, Acting Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, and Interim Campus Dean Dr. Stanley J. White

Designed to provide gathering spaces that promote collaboration among students and faculty, the Student Center is the largest building on campus and is intended to become the hub for the RUSM community as well as a welcoming facility for visitors. It contains the library, student study space, multipurpose rooms, the Center for Teaching and Learning, food facilities, including a large dining area and space for three vendors, space for a campus store and offices for the departments of Student Affairs and Student Services.

Dean Flaherty noted that the planning for the building began four years ago, and that students, faculty and staff had all been engaged in the planning. He also acknowledged that the government of Dominica “has been a stalwart supporter.”

Student Center study space
The new building includes study space for current students (pictured above), plus a library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and more.

Also present for the historic occasion were His Excellency the President of Dominica Charles Savarin and Interim Campus Dean Dr. Stanley J. White. Many local dignitaries, student representatives, faculty and colleagues also attended, including Dr. Dorian Shillingford, head of the Dominica Medical Board.

In addition, fourth semester student Samar Haroun addressed the group. “I believe this is the beginning of a new and even brighter future,” she said. “This new structure brought together larger, fully-equipped, accessible resources for students.”

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