Apr 29

Miranda Ulsh-1

Shenandoah University’s New Health & Life Sciences Building

It’s 9 o’clock in the morning. As freshman nursing student Miranda Ulsh walks to the Brandt Student Center to work out, she begins planning her day. After grabbing a quick brunch at the Allen Dining Hall, she picks up her books and laptop from her room, then heads over to the Office of Admissions, where she serves as a work study and student ambassador. At 2 o’clock, she drives 15-20 minutes across town for anatomy lab at the Health Professions Building on the Winchester Medical Center campus. When the lab ends at 5 o’clock, she drives back to main campus to collect her thoughts, eat dinner with friends and work on homework before walking to microbiology lab at 8 o’clock in Gregory Hall.

“I’m always checking myself,” said Ulsh. “Do I have everything? Because I can’t go back if I forget something. I love immersing myself in the nursing environment at the Health Professions Building, but the fact is the new Health & Life Sciences Building on campus will make it 10 times better for me.” By her junior year, Ulsh can live, study, work and get involved in student activities—all on main campus—when the athletic training, biology, chemistry, nursing and respiratory care programs make the Health & Life Sciences Building their new home. 

Shenandoah University plans to break ground this year for the 62,000-square-foot Health & Life Sciences Building on a grassy lot adjacent to the Alson H. Smith, Jr. Library and Mary M. Henkel Hall. When completed and occupied, the building will anchor the south corner of main campus.