November 03, 2006

Officials set dedication for health center brick garden

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Brick by brick, the local community is beautifying the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Student Health Programs collected a total of $20,000 through the Engraved Brick Campaign. Officials launched the effort in 2004 to raise money for the new Student Health Center building.

Individuals and groups purchased 130 bricks for the project. Purchasers can inscribe each brick to honor a graduate, remember a loved one or celebrate a time in their lives when SIUC became a part of their personal history. Crews are now laying the bricks in a garden located next to the building.

Administrators will dedicate the growing brick garden in a special ceremony set for 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Larry H. Dietz, vice chancellor for student affairs and Cheryl A. Presley, director of Student Health Programs, will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public.


Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will take place in the lobby of the Student Health Center, 374 E. Grand Ave., Carbondale. To schedule an interview, contact Judy Jo Phillips at 618/453-4485.


"The brick garden has been a wonderful way to honor people past and present in each of our lives as well as acknowledge our place here at the University," Presley said.

Planners centralized the previously scattered campus health services at the new 57,000-square-foot Student Health Center. Services are now integrated and professionals can efficiently address each student's individual health care needs at the single location.

The Student Health Center provides clinical care, medications, mental health counseling, sports medicine, immunizations, dental care, optometry and dermatology.

For information on purchasing a brick, visit the Student Health Programs' website or call 618/536-7575.

Enriching the campus and meeting or exceeding the expectations of our students are among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.