Kent State University Ashtabula Unveils Name of Health and Science Building


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Kent State University Ashtabula recently announced the official name and dedication of the new Health and Science Building with a lead gift from the Robert S. Morrison Foundation. The official name, Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building, was unveiled at a ceremony in the campus library with members of the Morrison family; Robert S. Morrison Foundation board members; the Ashtabula Area College Committee; Dr. Gene Finn, vice president for institutional advancement for Kent State University; Dr. Susan Stocker, dean for the Ashtabula Campus; and several university faculty and administrative leaders present.

The Ashtabula Health and Science Building is scheduled to open in fall 2009.
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The Ashtabula Health and Science Building is scheduled to open in fall 2009.

“The Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building will give area students unprecedented access to state-of-the-art equipment, classrooms and labs for careers in the health professions,” Stocker says. “We are thrilled with the generous gift from the Robert S. Morrison Foundation, which helps us build on our position as a leader in Northeast Ohio for nursing and allied health education. We are grateful for their continued support of this campus.”

The building is expected to be completed mid-2009, with an opening anticipated for the fall.

The Robert S. Morrison Foundation was founded by Ashtabula resident Robert S. Morrison. Morrison (1909-2002) was a manufacturing icon in Ashtabula County and a civic-minded leader. The foundation, now led by Louise Morrison Raffa, Morrison’s daughter and board chairwoman, upholds a vision "to improve lives of people in the Ashtabula area. Its contributions, reflecting the values of its founder, should strive to be productive and relate to community betterment, including education, transportation, animal welfare, recreation and health.”

Morrison was an alumnus of Oberlin College and Harvard Business School; a charter member of the Plastics Hall of Fame; the author of several books on manufacturing, economics and entrepreneurship; and founder of a number of business enterprises, including the Molded Fiber Glass Companies. He had a long personal history of civic leadership and innovation and a commitment to the promotion and improvement of Ashtabula. Morrison believed that his greatest contribution was in creating jobs for thousands of families in the Ashtabula area and elsewhere.

For more information about the new Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building, call 440-964-3322. Additional information about Kent State University Ashtabula is available on its Web site.

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