Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, Jan. 25

New Health Sciences Building Opens On Little Colorado Campus-Winslow

Members of NPC’s Governing Board, the City of Winslow, Navajo County and various state agencies gathered to cut the ribbon, officially opening the new Blunk Health Sciences Center.

The 8,490 square-foot building, named after it’s main contributor, Burley Blunk, will house biology, chemistry, geology, nursing and emergency medical technology classes as well as a nurse’s lab that is identical to a hospital room.

Blunk was unable to attend the dedication due to health problems. Both Burley and his late wife, Josephine, were long-time residents of Winslow.

Various guests from NPC’s governing board and different campus, as well as the City of Winslow, Navajo County and state agencies were recognized at the ceremony.

Dr. Gary Passer, President of NPC, opened the ceremony by noting how much the college has grown. “Seven years ago, not a single permanent classroom existed on any of our six campuses and four centers,” Passer said.

Passer also told of Blunk’s insistence that a gift of money would be too quickly spent, but an investment in someone’s education could change their life.

Bill Jeffers, Chairman of NPC’s Government Board, said that Blunk’s commitment of funds prompted NPC to put their faith in the community of Winslow and build the facility. “I would encourage all the people present to follow Burley’s example of generosity and foresight,” Jeffers said.

Winslow Mayor Jim Boles sited the new facility as a way to help fix the increasing problem of shortages in medical workers in rural Arizona. “Burley set an example for us to invest in things that will be here after we are gone,” he added.

Barbara Ballard, Director of the Nursing Program at NPC, said that the facility would be used by both first and second year nursing students. She also thanked the former director of the program, Karen Jones, for being instrumental in the facility’s creation.

Pastor Robert Seymore, a member of NPC’s Governing Board, did the dedication.

Following the ribbon cutting and tours of the facility, refreshments were served.

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