A "Sign" of the Future at Marywood University

By Eric Deabill | edeabill@pahomepage.com

Published 09/03 2014 06:33PM

Updated 09/03 2014 09:00PM

A major building project at a Lackawanna County university is moving forward at full speed.

Students and staff took part in a beam signing event Wednesday for the school's new "Learning Commons."

The "Learning Commons" is expected to be a 21st century library that will be the intellectual and social center of campus.

After a quick blessing, hundreds of Marywood students put their mark, by signing their name, to a beam that will make up the new facility.

"It makes me definitely feel like a part of the campus and it's exciting to feel special," freshman Alyssa Reilly said.

Freshmen Alyssa Reilly and Lauren Price may have only been on campus for one week but this event will leave a lasting impression.

"I wanted to make my mark on Marywood as much as I can and I plan to be involved in multiple activities here as well," Price said.

The "Learning Commons" will cost $35 million. Construction has been underway for months.

It will replace the university's current library which many students say is cramped.

"We're going to see a lot of advancements over what we already have. We're really excited about it because right now we're kind of cramped," junior Mariah Wolk said.

The building project comes as Marywood University marks its 100th anniversary. This project, many say, represents the school's future.

"It will be the social and intellectual center of our campus. We have a magnificent chapel. Now, we will have a social space where transformative education, teaching and learning will take place," Marywood University President Sister Anne Munley, IHM, said.

While signing the beam only took moments, many students say it connects them to the project and they look forward to sharing the memory with their own kids.

"I'm going to bring my kids here when I get older and be like, I was there to sign that, it's a monumental moment," freshman Logan Ellis said.

The new building project is expected to be finished by the Fall of 2015.

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