Annenberg Foundation awards $500,000 toward Centennial Complex
In the photo above, taken Thursday, August 30, the steel girder outline of the Centennial Complex begins to take form.
Loma Linda University recently received a $500,000 grant from the Annenberg Foundation to support the capital campaign for the construction of the new Centennial Complex facility.
Being built presently on the north end of the campus, the Centennial Complex will be a new, 151,000 square foot, student-oriented facility. This facility will transform the way Loma Linda University delivers health professions education and telemedicine to its students on campus in Southern California, across the United States, and in the 60 countries where the University coordinates educational, health care, and public health programs.
Some of the main features of the complex include an anatomy pavilion, a clinical skills assessment center, a technology hub, two large amphitheaters (350 and 250 students), and a series of high technology laboratories and classrooms. The complex is designed to be a “smart” building. It will allow students to access vast amounts of information electronically and enable them to access data from anywhere on and off-campus. The University expects to complete the new facility in 2009.
“We are pleased about this significant grant, a first-time award to Loma Linda by the Annenberg Foundation,” notes Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor of the University.
“Through this grant, the Foundation is assisting the University as it redefines itself for the present century. By using the best leading-edge communication technology, we can transform the way this institution educates students in health professions.”
According to Dr. Hart, there are three key reason that stimulated the University to plan the complex.
“First is growth,” he says. “We expect that the University’s enrollment will increase by about 25 percent, from 4,000 to 5,000 students by 2010.
“Second is innovation. Technology has impacted the way our students learn. The complex integrates technology into all of its functions.
“Third is global connectivity. In any given year, the University coordinates and implements education, public health, and service programs in 60 countries around the world. Information technology in the complex will facilitate the two-way communication between Loma Linda and many institutions around the world,” adds Dr. Hart.
Established in 1989 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Annenberg Foundation provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally through its headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and offices in Los Angeles, California.
The foundation’s major program areas are education and youth development; arts, culture, and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment.
In addition, the foundation operates a number of initiatives that expand and complement these program areas. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.
By Albin Grohar, PhD