Emory University's Rollin School of Public Health celebrated the opening of a second building. Members of the Rollins family and the Emory community dedicated the Claudia Nance Rollins Building on Wednesday, October 6, which houses a growing body of students and faculty from around the world. The nine-story building is named for the mother of longtime Emory benefactor Mr. O. Wayne Rollins and his brother, John, thus extending the family's ties with the school to five generations.
The new building is connected by a glass-enclosed bridge to the Grace Crum Rollins Building, named in honor of Mr. O. Wayne Rollin's wife. In 2007, the Rollins family made a $50 million commitment toward the $90 million cost to construct a second building and renovate the Grace Crum Rollins Building, which was completed in 1994.
The dedication of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building coincides with several school milestones this year—the 35th anniversary of the public health program, the 20th anniversary of the school and Dean James Curran's 15th year as dean. Since construction of the new building began in 2008, the school experienced record enrollment of new MPH/MSPH students in 2009 and 2010. What began as a master's program with 16 students in 1975 has evolved to become a successful public health school with more than 1,000 students.
The new building is home to the departments of epidemiology, environmental health and global health. It also provides additional teaching and meeting space, including the 250-seat Rollins Auditorium, and three floors of laboratory space. Renovation of the Grace Crum Rollins Building created additional study and computer space for students and expanded space for both student and career services. The renovation also provides more space for the department of biostatistics and informatics (to accommodate a growing number of collaborative partnerships) and information services, which manages new high-tech audiovisual capabilities in both buildings. Also housed in the Grace Crum Rollins Building is a new indoor/outdoor café to serve health sciences faculty and students and visitors from the CDC and the Atlanta community.
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