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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Members of the Wegman family attended the groundbreaking at Pittsford, N.Y.-based St. John Fisher College this week for the building that will be the site of the Wegmans School of Nursing. In January the college announced that former company chairman Robert B. Wegman, who died in April at the age of 87, had donated $8 million, the largest gift in Fisher's history, to fund the construction of the school.
The building, which measures about 38,000 square feet in size, will be near the center of campus. It will offer classrooms, teaching laboratories, offices for faculty and administration, and the Wellness Center, the college's combined medical and mental health center.
"Through his gifts to the college, Robert Wegman was committed to the future of the Rochester community," noted St. John Fisher College president Dr. Donald Bain in a statement. "With Mr. Wegman's help, we have been able to address local needs -- first with the creation of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, and now with the construction of the Wegmans School of Nursing."
St. John Fisher College has had an undergraduate nursing program for more than 16 years, but in the past few years, applications for admission to it more than doubled, while enrollment has risen 66 percent. The Wegmans School of Nursing will enable the college to expand its nursing program and help alleviate the critical nursing shortages in many U.S. communities.
Also present at the groundbreaking ceremony were Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, the newly appointed Dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing, and Marilyn Dollinger, who was recently named Associate Dean.