Mars Hill receives USDA funding for new projects

Press release from Mars Hill University:

Mars Hill University is pleased to announce United States Department of Agriculture 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.

A ceremony announcing the funding relationship is planned for October 22, at 2 pm. The ceremony will include representatives from USDA, federal legislative offices and Mars Hill University, and will take place on the planned site of Day Hall, on North Main St., 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.

In case of inclement weather, the USDA ceremony will be held in Peterson Conference Center, in Blackwell Hall on the Mars Hill campus.

Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees and one graduate degree in elementary education. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North


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