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Asbury breaks ground on Collaborative Learning Center

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University constituents held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Collaborative Learning Center during Reunion 2019.

Upon completion, the more than 50,000-s.f. building will house the Howard and Beverly Dayton School of Business and the School of Science, Health & Mathematics. The facility will include labs and classrooms, conference rooms, a sales training center, an entrepreneurial group work room, faculty offices, an atrium and auditorium and more.

A large gathering of alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members were present during the ceremonial groundbreaking, which was held in Hughes Auditorium due to rain. The groundbreaking included Asbury President Sandra C. Gray, Chair of the Board of Trustees Larry Brown and Co-chairs of the Ignited Campaign Steering Committee Dr. Walt and Rowena Shaw, among others.

Dr. Mark Troyer, vice president for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnership, announced that the first floor of the CLC will be named in honor of Greg Isaacs, a former member of the board of trustees and campaign steering committee co-chair who passed away last year. The CLC atrium has been named in honor of Don Winslow, a former business professor who passed away in 1997.

Following the groundbreaking, the university will continue with construction as funds are pledged and received. Funding for the CLC is being generated through the Ignited Campaign, a six-year, $62-million initiative that began in 2014 and will reach completion in the summer of 2020.

Over the last several years, the university has completed the construction of Windsor Manor Guesthouse and the openings of Jameson Auditorium, the Bowdoin Athletic Practice Facility and the Joe Pitts Center for Public Policy. Ignited also funds scholarships, faculty development, academic programs, the revitalization of the Student Center and more.