Ursuline College rebuilding a year after tornado destroyed gym: Higher …

July 24, 2014 Nemes Education

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – A year after a tornado destroyed Ursuline Collegesathletic facility, a new one is under construction but will not be completed until June 2015.

So for a second academic year its athletes will practice and play in colleges, high schools and fitness centers on the East Side.

The OBrien Athletic Center was destroyed by a tornado that struck the campus on July 20, 2013.

A new $10 million facility will replace one that was built as a recreational facility in 1973 for 400 students.

The college now has 1,500 students and 11 athletic programs. It was recently accepted to NCAA Division II.

The college received $5.3 million from its insurance provider and has raised $3 million toward a $5 million campaign to cover the cost of the new building.

The new athletic facility will include state-of-the-art athletic gymnasium space, a fitness area, locker rooms and offices for athletic staff.

Higher education sector still negative:Citing the limited ability of higher education institutions to grow revenue while continuing to face higher expenses, Moodys Investors Servicesaid it continues to maintain a negative outlook for the industry.

Colleges cant raise tuition to increase revenue because students and families worry about costs, state funding is not increasing enough to cover expenses and there is increased competition, the report said.

Moodys said it expects regional public universities to be most pressured over the next 12 to 18 months while globally prominent private universities with large endowments will perform well.

But despite ongoing concerns it outlines green shoots of stability that will emerge.

Long-term demand for higher education remains strong, particularly interest in associate and masters degrees, there is an increased demand for educated workers and there is greater consumer confidence and willingness to invest in education.

Professor receives $500,000 award:University of Akron assistant professor of polymer science Abraham Joy has received a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.

Joy will use the funding to develop and evaluate a novel polyester system for biomedical uses.

Joys five-year study will explore how the polyester systems new modular, or Lego, design can be adapted for various applications, including drug/protein delivery and their potential use as antimicrobials, the university said.


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