USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Dedicates Its Health Education Complex

03- 05- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate will dedicate its new $24 million Health Education Complex on Friday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m. Following remarks by USC Upstate officials and USC President Harris Pastides, student-guided tours will give the public a glimpse of the facility that will impact the health, wellness and economic development of the Upstate.

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The Health Education Complex at the University of South Carolina Upstate 

The Health Education Complex, the largest building on the 330-acre USC Upstate campus, is home to the Mary Black School of Nursing, School of Education, Enrollment Services, University Bookstore, and Wellness Center.

“The completion of the Health Education Complex is a cause for great celebration,” said Dr. John C. Stockwell, chancellor of USC Upstate. “Increased classroom space and enhanced technology will benefit USC Upstate and the Upstate in far-reaching ways, and the Wellness Center is providing first-rate recreation, exercise, and instructional opportunities for the campus community.”

Situated on top of a hill and overlooking the beautiful Susan Jacobs Arboretum, this is the first major academic building to be built in the northern segment of the campus. Ground was broken for this award-winning, 150,000 square foot facility on August 26, 2005. Classes were first held in the Complex in August 2008, followed by the Wellness Center opening to the campus community on February 23, 2009.

“The value of the Health Education Complex is two-fold,” said Stockwell, “With current enrollments of 5,000 students, we are experiencing tremendous overcrowding in the major academic buildings of the institution. USC Upstate makes the heaviest use of classroom space per student of any university in the state and this new facility will ease excessive demand by providing vital academic space for instruction.”

According to Dr. Marsha Dowell, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at USC Upstate, the expanded academic space will have a direct impact on the Upstate. The School of Education will be able to provide more teachers while the Mary Black School of Nursing will be able to double its output of nurses and add graduate programming in nursing.

“While the Health Education Complex will indeed meet many of the needs on campus and impact the health, wellness and economic development of the University, the overall Upstate community will feel its impact as well,” said Dowell. “With 85 percent of USC Upstate graduates choosing to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers, the region will directly and indirectly benefit from the influx of additional teaching and nursing professionals.”

The Wellness Center is a 60,000 square foot facility that features two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, two badminton courts, two racquetball/handball courts, a 1,900 square foot group fitness studio, a 1,250 square foot weight room, three-lane running track, spa, and an eight-lane recreational swimming pool.

“Having top-notch facilities like this is certainly an added advantage when recruiting new students to the University,” said Donette Stewart, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services at USC Upstate. “And having it located just across from the brand new freshman housing facility, Magnolia House, that will be completed this summer, is a double coup.”

Laura Puckett-Boler, interim vice chancellor of student affairs and dean of students, also sees the important role this new facility is playing in the role of student affairs. “The Health Education Complex has become the new locale for student interaction. With its classrooms, labs, tiered lecture halls, study rooms, expanded bookstore, open gathering areas, coffee bar and deli, this is the new hub of activity for our students.”

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