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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2005

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Medical Education Center held at Wright State

Medical education center drawingDAYTON, Ohio--Key supporters, alumni, medical students, faculty, staff and friends of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will join university and school officials for a groundbreaking on October 10. Wright State President Kim Goldenberg and medical school Dean Howard Part will lead a short program beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The groundbreaking is the first step of the plan to convert the Frederick A. White Health Center, constructed in 1981, to a state-of-the-art medical education center. An 18,000-square-foot addition is adding a needed second auditorium and an expanded anatomy learning center for health professions students and local resident physicians.

Long-term supporters of the medical school, including the Boonshoft family, have invested in the new medical education center. The 150-seat lecture hall will be named after Drs. Saroj and Ramesh Gandhi and family; the anatomy learning center will be named after Dr. William A. Bernie. The medical school Charter Class of 1980 is raising funds to convert the existing 6,270-square-foot lobby in this building into study and student life areas for current and prospective medical students.

The $4.6 million addition is expected to be completed in 18 months.