Touro unveils new additions to Mare I...

Touro unveils new additions to Mare Island campus

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#1 Feb 1, 2013
Touro unveils new additions to Mare Island campus

Yumi Honda is graduating soon from Touro University's College of Pharmacy and so will not realize the full benefit of the new pharmacy training centers, and other new amenities.

But she and fellow fourth year student Ray Chow said Thursday they are glad those following in their wake will have a chance to use new labs and a simulated "clean room" environment for creating medicine.

"It's amazing," Honda said as she looked around the new center which officially opened Thursday. "With these new facilities students will be more prepared for their rotations."

The new pharmacy training center is part of the Mare Island campus's latest additions. Touro Provost Marilyn Hopkins and other school officials undertook an official "ribbon cutting" on the center Thursday.

Housed behind the campus library on Johnson Lane, the 7,000-square-feet,$2.5 million addition also gives teachers more classrooms, and students and staff more space for computer training.

Once full of gigantic, abandoned refrigerators and freezers, Touro was not using the space, and items stored there were left over from the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, officials said.

"This is totally awesome. We're all excited about it," said Jim O'Connor, College of Education and Health Sciences dean of the new spot. "We couldn't be more thrilled."

Thursday's ceremony on the new facility included Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum blessing the building. He also placed a tiny scroll with a portion of the Torah near the entrance, a Jewish tradition to honor and bless doorways.

Hopkins said the new addition puts a good use to what was formerly "wasted space" on the campus. The school has been planning the addition for about two years.

"This was solely created to make this a better learning environment for you," Hopkins said to a large group of students waiting to tour the new spot Thursday.

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