Article by Heidi Butler Photos by Phil Stein & Heidi Butler
August 25, 2014
It took ten long years to get NCC's new campus built. It took less than a minute to open it.
"Let classes begin," proclaimed NCC's president, Dr. Mark Erickson, as Dr. Matt Connell, dean of the Monroe Campus; Associate Professor of Computer Science Norman Lippincott, Jr., student leader Bernie Goode and Professor of Education Nancy Moreau snipped a festive ribbon in front of Kapp Hall at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 25.
The hour was early, but perhaps due to excitement or perhaps due to the coffee station nearby, students' eyes were wide open for the ceremonial photo taken immediately after the ribbon-cutting.
They were wide-eyed at the look and feel of a new campus that is five times the size of the renovated blouse factory that previously housed NCC Monroe.
Built to LEED gold standards with room for 5000 students, the new "NCC Monroe" includes classrooms and laboratories that feature state-of-the-art educational technology, a library with futuristic lighting, a bookstore, a food court, art studios and an art gallery, a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center, a homey child care center, room for meetings and continuing education classes, and lots of study space. The use of natural stone, lots of glass and native plants mirrors the beauty of the natural environment. Each building boasts stunning views of the surroundings.
Eager to get started, some students arrived as early as 6:45 a.m. on opening day. Shaine Magliulo of Saylorsburg was the first. "I was expecting the campus not to be really finished," he said. "I'm impressed at all they've done."
"It's beautiful," exclaimed Bradley Bamford a first year student from Saylorsburg.
"I'm really excited," said Toni Huie a resident of East Stroudsburg who plans to major in early childhood education. "I'm also shocked." Her explanation of why she was shocked reflects the feelings of many students who are starting college. "I'm shocked that I made it this far," she replied. "You will go a lot further," President Erickson assured her.
NCC Monroe will be a springboard to the future for Toni, Bradley, Shaine and future generations.
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