Indiana State expanded by one building on Dec. 15, 2017, as trustees, elected officials, students and President Daniel Bradley cut the ribbon to ceremonially welcome the new Health and Human Services Building to campus. The $64 million project will be the new home to nursing, social work, kinesiology, recreation and sports management students and provides areas for study, collaboration and class.
“It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were here for the groundbreaking ceremony,” said Greg Goode, Indiana State’s executive director for governmental relations and the emcee for the event. “Today, we celebrate again by dedicating this facility, which is the largest state-appropriated gift in the history of this magnificent campus.”
Following the ribbon-cutting, tours through the new building were offered. Before the new building, department offices were located in the Nursing Building and classes were held in the Arena, Nursing Building and other buildings on campus. With this new location, classes and faculty will be able to be in a more central area for students.
“The College of Health and Human Services is a key to Indiana State University’s historic enrollment growth,” said Lt. Gov Suzanne Crouch. “ … It has also been important to our state by fueling the health care workforce and providing access to health care in our state.”
Other elected officials were present at the ribbon cutting, including U.S. Rep. Dr. Larry Bucshon and state Sen. Jon Ford. This project is Indiana State’s largest endowment from the state government.
“Pride is certainly a word you want to associate with your institution. You want to be proud of its mission, its curriculum, its faculty and staff, and certainly its students,” said Shan Antony, a senior health care administration major and future physician. “One cannot discount the value of a sound, stimulating learning environment.”
Antony said that the building was similar to the suit of a college student — a representation to others of the confidence, knowledge and professionalism of the College of Health and Human Services.
“This new facility will provide high tech labs and facilities to serve the fast-growing College of Health and Human Services, ISU’s second largest college which serves 2,700 undergraduate students and nearly 750 graduates students,” Bradley said. “What is important is the collaborative environment this facility will provide to train these future health care providers from different fields alongside one another, in a similar fashion to the real world. … We are truly at the forefront of (inter-professional education) here at Indiana State.”