Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi began moving into the spacious confines of their new home – Asbury Hall – on Monday, Nov. 21. The new building is located on the western edge of the Hattiesburg campus.
Classes are scheduled to begin in the new facility for the 2017 spring semester. Groundbreaking on the $31 million, state-of-the-art building was held in September of 2014.
The project received an immediate kick-start with a $4 million commitment from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg -- a gift that led to the naming of Asbury Hall. The new building increases the square footage dedicated to the College of Nursing by 135 percent. It will provide much-needed space for faculty and students and replacing a facility that can no longer meet the requirements of nursing education.
Asbury Hall will allow for an increase in nursing enrollment from the current 550 students to more than 800 and expand new programs in the College of Nursing through student interactive areas, an enlarged and enhanced clinical simulation lab, computer labs, and classrooms that will promote the acquisition of knowledge in a positive and interactive learning environment.
For more information about the College of Nursing, call 601.266.5454 or visit: https://www.usm.edu/nursing