Gallaher Hall Dedicated
October 20, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Students, faculty, distinguished guests and the president of the University of Mount Union met Friday to honor the name of the late Dr. Charles S. Gallaher in the dedication of the newest addition to the campus, a science and medical building, Gallaher Hall.
Randall Hunt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, expressed deep gratitude toward Dr. Gallaher and his accomplishments throughout his career that reflect the value of a Mount Union education. Gallaher dedicated more than four decades of committed service to the university.
“Dr. Gallaher’s vision and leadership will continue through the learning experienced in these four walls,” said Hunt.
Dr. Richard F. Giese, President of Mount Union, stated that the plan for Gallaher Hall was initiated in the 2009 Strategic Plan in response to the high demand for space for the trending science majors. Since its opening in 2003, Bracy Hall has seen enrollment double in biology and chemistry. Gallaher Hall will now serve as a second home to the natural science programs, specifically the newest additions: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and future Doctor of Physical Therapy.
On behalf of the nursing program, Dr. Nezam Al-Nsair, Director and Department Chair of nursing, accepted Gallaher Hall and is “appreciative of this state-of-the-art addition to Mount Union, which provides an outstanding learning space.” The new facility contains several new assets, including two new nursing skills labs, a simulation lab, a classroom and additional practice spaces.
Dr. Robert Frampton, Director and Department Chair of physical therapy, accepted Gallaher Hall for the Department of Physical therapy, which will soon be the first doctoral degree offered in Mount Union history.
Frampton said that Gallaher Hall will be used to showcase the Department of Physical Therapy’s curriculum of traditional education combined with problem-based learning practices and covering areas such as healthcare, leadership, skill assessment and evidence-based practices.
“This facility will truly allow us to carry out this intent and prepare our students for success after earning their degrees,” said Frampton.
Ashley Woodburn, a 2014 graduate of Mount Union and current student in the Physicians Assistant Studies Program, accepted Gallaher Hall on behalf of the students in the PA program stated the importance of its homeliness and purposeful functionality.
“As we prepare for the work that lies ahead of us, this facility will be a space of our own,” she said.
Gallaher Hall is not only full of modern equipment and technology to help both faculty and students, but it also is furnished with a student-lounge area with a refrigerator, microwave and comfortable seating arrangements.
Joel Sassa, president of the Alumni Association, credited Gallaher as an alumnus “who made giving back to his alma mater an absolute priority.”