(Augusta, GA)—Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, announced that the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex will open to the public during a weekend of events starting January 4-5, 2013. The festivities will commemorate the long awaited opening of the facility that will change the landscape and skyline of the campus.
The Service of Consecration will take place Friday, January 4th at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Although the Service of Consecration is free and open to the public, a ticketed event will occur later during the evening at 7p.m. inside the new HEAL Complex. For the first time, since the commencement of the construction in October 2011, the public will have an opportunity to tour and experience the new HEAL Complex during the Grand Opening Reception. Admission for the reception is $50.00 per person. The festivities will carry over to Saturday with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by the first basketball game that will be played in the HEAL gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.
“The new HEAL Complex is a world class facility that will be at the heart of campus life experience,” said Dr. Bradley. “We wanted to commemorate the opening of this facility in a special way. We are even more excited that the new HEAL Complex will open just in time to welcome the spring 2013 semester and new and returning students.”
"The HEAL Complex has the capacity to transform campus life, improve student and faculty retention, increase enrollment and serve as a hub for collaboration that will address many of the contemporary health and wellness-related issues that are facing the community," said Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “We are excited to share this edifice and its programming with the Richmond County Community.”
The new home for the Paine College Athletic Department, this contemporary structure will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility. Also accessible to the community, the HEAL Complex will host the College's intercollegiate competitions for the Lion’s volleyball, men and women’s basketball teams in the new 2,400 seat arena.
“The series of events that will commemorate the opening of the new HEAL Complex will be a fantastic opportunity for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Community to experience the state-of-the-art facility and will mark a momentous and historic occasion,” commented Athletic Director, Tim Duncan. “I would like to thank the HEAL Consecration Ceremony Committee, chaired by alumnus, Dr. Roscoe Williams, for their tireless work over the last six months to develop this historic Grand Opening of the HEAL Complex! We are especially grateful to R.W. Allen LLC for sponsoring the Grand Opening Reception that will take place Friday evening. RW Allen’s generous support helped to bring to life the vision of the committee.”
A recap of the HEAL Complex Grand Opening festivities:
Service of Consecration for the HEAL Complex
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel
The Consecration is free and open to the public
HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour sponsored by R.W. Allen LLC
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Admission: $50 per person (Admission includes a complimentary ticket to the first game in the HEAL Complex the next day against Stillman College)
Attire: Semi-formal/Business Attire
HEAL Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM (preceding the first Basketball Game in the HEAL Complex)
Paine Lions vs. Stillman Tigers
Saturday, January 5, 2013 -- Tip-Off is at 1:00 PM
Tickets are available for purchase for the HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour at www.paineathletics.com
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Photo caption: Front view of the The Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.