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USDA Funds Will Help Jump Start Construction Projects
Randy Gore, State Director of USDA Rural Development, presents a certificate announcing a Community Facility Loan of over 32 million dollars to Mars Hill University. The loan monies, along with private funds, will be used to construct Day Hall, a building planned to house Mars Hill’s business department as well as its university bookstore; and a nursing facility. (Left to right: Wayne Higgins, MHU trustee; Dr. Dixon Free, chair of the MHU board of trustees; Dr. Dan Lunsford, president of MHU; Randall Gore, Freddie Harrill; Western Regional Liaison for the Office of Senator Kay Hagan; Martha Peterson, Congressional Staffer for the Office of Congressman Mark Meadow;, and April Riddle, MHU alumna and Director of the Governor’s Western Regional Office)
Mars Hill University is pleased to announce United States Department of Agriculture loan funding for two new building projects on the campus: Day Hall, a building planned to house Mars Hill’s business department as well as its university bookstore; and a yet-to-be-named nursing and health sciences facility.
Representatives from USDA, federal legislative offices, and Mars Hill University made the announcement October 22nd, on the planned site of Day Hall, on North Main Street in Mars Hill.
Day Hall is the planned future home of Mars Hill’s undergraduate business program, as well as its planned graduate program in public administration. In addition to classrooms and laboratories, Day Hall will have space devoted to retail enterprises including the University Bookstore and a coffee shop. Day Hall also will allow for enhanced accessibility to Owen Theatre and will feature a “black box” theatre. The proposed building is named for major donors Troy Day ’48 and his wife Pauline.
Mars Hill University’s planned bachelor’s of nursing program is set to begin in the fall of 2015, thanks in large part to a transformational gift from alumni Norman and Linda Judge McRae (’84 and ’86, respectively). A new facility to house the nursing and health sciences program is planned on the site of the former Harris Media Center, facing Cascade St. in Mars Hill.