Topping Out Ceremony

Darcy Force

Today faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members all gathered together at the construction site of the Larry R. Moore Nursing and Administration Building to sign the beam for the Topping Out Ceremony. Hundreds of signatures can still be seen on the beam from where it was placed on the building. Board of Trustee Chairman Larry Moore, Keene Mayor James Chapline, University President Dr. Ken Shaw, Nursing Department Chair Dr. Kerrie Kimbrow, and Nursing Student Association President Kyleigh Duke all participated in the program before Vice President for Spiritual Life Russ Laughlin gave a dedicatory prayer. 

“Throughout my experience in Southwestern's nursing program, I have seen Christ in all of my professors,” Duke said. “Our professors are very devoted to their job and do everything possible to make sure that we learn and become professional nurses." The new building means larger classrooms and more technology for the nursing students. 

Contractors Steele and Freeman were on hand to do the honors of hoisting the beam into place. Hot cider and cookies shaped like the building were provided for all the guests. 

You can view more photos of the Topping Out fun here. You can also watch live footage of the building construction progress on the homepage