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Contact: Michael Traupman, Director of College Relations, 610-740-3790
Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate- Media

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TODAY, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2003
PHOTO/VIDEO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

CEDAR CREST COLLEGE BREAKS GROUND FOR THE HAROLD AND MIRIAM OBERKOTTER CENTER FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

10,000 Square Foot Center to Accommodate Growth in Science and Nursing

Allentown, PA (November 3, 2003) - Today, Monday, November 3, 2003, Cedar Crest College will break ground for the Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Harmon Hall of Peace in the Miller Family Building.

The Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness will add much needed laboratory and classroom space to support the tremendous growth at the College over the past several years. In 2003, the College welcomed its largest freshman class ever - 239 students. Since 2001, Cedar Crest has experienced a 50 percent increase in traditional-aged science and nursing students. The number of students interested in forensic science alone has increased ten fold since its inception in 2000. The lifelong learning population at Cedar Crest has increased as well. Since the launching of the evening weekend nursing program in 2000, the number of lifelong learning students in the College's nursing major has increased nearly 150 percent.

To accommodate the growing needs of the College, the new facility will feature approximately 10,000 square feet of space, including a forensic and biological science lab, a biochemistry lab, a 100-seat, state-of-the-art multi-media classroom, faculty offices and a student lounge.

The new Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness is the vision of Elaine Oberkotter Harmon '59, daughter of Harold and Miriam Oberkotter, and her family - with her husband John and her daughter, College Trustee, Wendy Gironda '82. Harold Oberkotter was the fourth Chairman of the Board and CEO of the United Parcel Service (UPS) until he retired in 1981. Both Elaine and Wendy see the new facility as a giant step forward in providing facilities that will lead the campus in an ongoing revolution towards creating healthier students and a culture of wellness at Cedar Crest and beyond.

Media are invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony. For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media
610-740-3790
afota@cedarcrest.edu


 


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