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The grand opening of the Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building represents a dream come true. This is the right time and the right place for a state-of-the-art learning center of this magnitude in Ashtabula county.

More than 50 years ago, citizens dared to dream about creating the Ashtabula Regional Campus, and just five years ago, university and community leaders envisioned this new building — a building where hope for the future can thrive. The future is now.

The marvelous facility offers the finest in technology for developing skills in nursing and allied health professions. It is a showcase of technology including a human patient simulator that reacts to medical and nursing interventions, a modern nursing lab and general classrooms, physical and occupational therapy labs, a respiratory therapy lab and a full-scale apartment for the practice of in-home therapies. The radiologic therapy labs are now “energized,” and the human cadaver lab is the only one of its kind between Cleveland and Erie, Pa.

Degrees in these fields lead to promising careers that offer good jobs and good pay, even during a recession.

We are proud to be Ashtabula county’s university, now celebrating our 50th anniversary. The educational opportunities here are world-class yet affordable. We believe our contributions add to the cultural richness of the community and make a difference in people’s lives.

We are extremely grateful to the community for the incredible support we have received for this landmark on the lake. The grand opening gives us an opportunity to thank the many businesses, organizations and individuals that have helped make it possible for this dream to be realized.


Susan J. Stocker, RN, Ph.D.

Dean, Kent State University Ashtabula

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