Rio to celebrate 40th RGCC anniversary with Wood Hall ribbon cutting 

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Robert S. Wood Hall has served as the epicenter of education for thousands of students at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College since the building first opened in 1988.

Following a nine-month, $3.5 million renovation, Wood Hall will reopen on Aug. 15 with ribbon cutting ceremony and reception. The celebration also will mark the 40th anniversary of Rio Grande Community College.

“Its been exciting, because we have been able to take a space that is so utilized and created a space we know students, faculty and staff are really going to love,” said Rebecca Long, Vice President of Administration for RGCC. “We’ve really created a modern and inviting space with state-of-the-art technology in every classroom.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Ridge Avenue entrance. A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres will follow at 6 p.m. and include student-guided tours, the Rio Grande Jazz Ensemble and a showcase of student artwork.

Former Rio Grande President and current President of the Higher Learning Commission Barbara Gellman-Danley is among the numerous dignitaries scheduled to attend. Invitations were extended to all students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as all Board of Trustees, City Council members, County Commissioners, State delegates, Federal delegates and Chamber members.

The renovation stemmed from the Decade of Dreams strategic plan and Campus Master Plan.

Funds for the project were covered by capital money awarded to RGCC through Rio Grande’s capital report request submitted in 2012. The 37,957-square-foot renovation includes a new student lounge, wireless computer lab, conference rooms, psychology and social work observation studios, a faculty lounge and study, new furniture, new roofing, new heating and cooling system, a new family restroom, upgrades first-floor restrooms and a host of other bells and whistles throughout.

The renovation also nearly doubled the space utilized by the Gallia-Jackson Education Service Center.

“Wood Hall looks fantastic; the transformation has been absolutely amazing,” said Amanda Ehman, coordinator of Adult Recruitment and Community Outreach. “The ribbon cutting is the perfect way to celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rio Grande Community College. Institutions like Rio Grande fuel the ever-changing labor demands of the community, and no building on campus has served our students throughout the years better than Wood Hall.”