MOUNT VERNON — Hunter Hall, the new home of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, is located in the former Sewing Center building in downtown Mount Vernon. Named in honor of Richard and Theresa Hunter and Maureen Hunter Buchwald, maternal grandparents and mother, respectively, of Karen Buchwald Wright, CEO of Ariel Corp., the facility was officially christened at Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The News was treated to a private tour of the facility which houses MVNU’s B.S. Nursing, Pre-licensure program, the B.S. Medical Laboratory Science program and the Bachelor of Science Nursing program for practicing registered nurses. Dean Teresa Wood and director of MVNU communications Jeffrey Scott served as tour guides through the high-performance, high-tech, green building.
Just inside the main entrance is the Baker Bros. coffeehouse, intended for use by community members as well as students, faculty and staff. The coffeehouse offers Starbucks Coffee, salads, sandwiches and various pastries. It was named for George and S.L. Baker who, in 1874, opened a drugstore where the Kresge store later stood.
The first-floor conference room will also be open to the community, and a health clinic will serve community members as well as students. That is by design.