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Leader in Health Care Education Pledges $5 Million to FGCU

FORT MYERS, FL - Today, Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson G. Bradshaw announced a $5 million leadership gift from Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb that will transform health professions education at FGCU now and into the future.

In recognition of Dr. Marieb's generosity, Florida Gulf Coast University will name the new health professions facility on campus "Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb Hall."

With her gift, Dr. Marieb has established two endowments. One will be used to enhance the activities of faculty, students and staff within health professions to ensure a level of superior education, research, and community outreach.

In addition, a scholarship endowment will benefit students pursuing majors in the health professions at the University. Scholarships will be given to nontraditional students who have interrupted their education for three or more years, have financial need, and who demonstrate academic achievement and career potential.

Bradshaw said, "Talented, committed, well-educated and trained health professionals provide critical services for our community and our nation. Dr. Marieb's generous investment in FGCU's health professions programs has helped us offer our students and faculty a superb, state-of-the-art facility in which to teach, learn and conduct research now and into the future."

Marieb is an internationally known author and co-author of numerous college science textbooks used by thousands of institutions around the world.

"I have been unbelievably successful as a college science textbook author. Many people have helped me along the way and I figured that it was time for me to pay it forward in a significant way. My education gave me the faith I have in myself, and I would love to help instill that faith in some of Florida's college students," said Dr. Marieb.

"FGCU fits the bill for my gifting in several ways. It is actively growing, forward-looking in its curricula, and its new health professions facility is breathtaking in design, excellent and extensive simulation facilities, and up-to-date laboratory equipment. I am delighted to be part of the FGCU family."

Marieb began her career at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where she taught anatomy and physiology. She joined the faculty of the Biological Science Division of Holyoke Community College in 1969 after receiving her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While continuing to teach full time, Marieb pursued her nursing education, which culminated in a Master of Science with a clinical specialization in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts.

In 1994, Marieb received the Benefactor Award from the National Council for Resource Development, American Association of Community Colleges, which recognizes her ongoing sponsorship of student scholarships, faculty teaching awards and other academic contributions to Holyoke Community College. In May 2000, the science building at Holyoke was named in her honor.

The naming of Marieb Hall will forever remind the campus and community what an amazing educator, scholar and person Dr. Marieb is to the College of Health Professions and to the University.

Dean of the College of Health Professions Mitchell Cordova said, "The generous gift given by Dr. Marieb will absolutely transform the educational experiences and opportunities for all students majoring within the College of Health Professions. Dr. Marieb has dedicated her professional career to providing an exemplary learning environment for tens of thousands of students to learn and grow through the courses she has instructed, the numerous textbooks she has authored, and through her philanthropic endeavors."

Florida Gulf Coast University opened the new health professions building this semester. The $28 million facility contains state-of-the-art practice laboratory facilities, classroom and conference spaces, and offices that will nurture the interdisciplinary mission of the College of Health Professions and sustain its programs and enrollment for the next decade.

The new facility contains laboratories in the School of Nursing that simulate an operating room, an intensive-care unit, a labor and delivery room, various general medical surgical suites that contain simulated adult, adolescent and infant patients. The building also features a NASA-developed anti-gravity treadmill in the human performance laboratory and an in-ground rehabilitation pool with an integrated treadmill in the aquatics rehabilitation laboratory.

Additionally, students majoring in occupational therapy will have the opportunity to learn how to restore activities of daily living in a full scale 1-bedroom apartment laboratory, as well as learn how to teach patients to re-establish automotive driving skills in their simulation laboratory; students majoring in clinical laboratory sciences will advance their learning of histology, cytology, and hematology in their new microscope laboratory as well.

The facility supports nterdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and students with colleagues in bioengineering, business, education and social work, and fosters interdisciplinary research and community service efforts.

For more information, media representatives should contact Senior Director of Advancement Linda Lehtomaa at (239) 590-1071.

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