UMHB dedicates Nursing Education Center
Monday, 25 February 2013 by Matthew Girard
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor added another completed building to its Master Plan last Friday as hundreds of students, faculty, staff and dignitaries helped the university dedicate the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center.
More than 500 people were in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new home for the Scott & White College of Nursing.
UMHB President Dr. Randy O'Rear thanked the university board of trustees for making the nursing center a reality.
"It's another example of why UMHB is the choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest," O'Rear said. "It's a bold vision and a great vision. We are energized by that vision and we are excited."
The new facility is a three-story, 77,000 square-foot facility that features numerous labs, classrooms and a simulated hospital.
Senior nursing student Anna Burnstad represented the students at the ceremony and said that the new facility is a blessing for current and future nursing students.
"I know I speak for the majority of us when I say that nursing is not just a degree we earn or a career we pursue. It's a calling from God himself. And the purpose of that calling is to touch other's lives in real ways."
The center is named in honor of Isabelle Rutherford Meyer, who spent many years as a nurse and also helping raise money for cancer research. She was also the mother of Paul Meyer, who's namesake graces the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center.
Jane Meyer provided the lead gift of $5 million for the construction of a nursing education center on campus.
The Scott & White College of Nursing was established in 1903 at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and then was transferred to UMHB and expanded into a baccalaureate degree program in 1970. Today, the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and it includes 670 nursing majors, which is the largest major offered at UMHB.