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Wingate University Dedicates Levine College of Health Sciences

8/8/2011
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Wingate University Dedicates Levine College of Health Sciences

Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University dedicated its newest building on the main campus at a ceremony held Aug. 4. The Levine College of Health Sciences, which houses the School of Pharmacy and the William and Loretta Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies, will welcome a record number of students for the fall semester.

The $16-million building is named to honor Leon and Sandra Levine. Mr. Levine attended Wingate University and is founder and chairman emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

In his remarks, Levine noted the healthcare challenges facing the nation. "We have a severe shortage of healthcare professionals and it will only get worse," he said. "Thankfully, Wingate has responded aggressively to this shortage with vigor."

The three-story building that houses the Levine College of Health Sciences is the second LEED certified building in Union County, a standard set for becoming a leader in energy and environmental design. It also is designed to meet the highest standards in teaching with three 90-seat classrooms, two 50-seat classrooms, clinical simulations labs, decision simulation labs, a physical assessment lab, a pharmacy practice lab, an iv admixture lab, a fitness center, food service, conference rooms, and a biomedical science library and drug information center. A Subway restaurant will be located on the first floor.

Equipped with interactive distance education technology, classrooms will be linked to all of Wingate’s graduate and professional programs in Hendersonville, N.C. The additional space provided by the new building will enable the pharmacy program to grow from 72 students per class to 90 per class and the PA program to increase from 20 students per class to a maximum of 50 per class.

The new facility will enable the University to serve more students as well as offer new programs in health sciences in the future, according to Dr. Jerry E. McGee, president of Wingate University. McGee added, “We take very seriously our commitment to provide well trained healthcare professionals for the citizens of our region."

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. The university offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.

For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.