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New addition slated for dedication Thursday

This new addition to Calumet College of St. Joseph will be dedicated in ceremonies at 5 p.m. Thursday.

HAMMOND | Calumet College of St. Joseph will unveil the new addition to its six-story vertical campus on  in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Financed in large part by a five-year capital campaign concluded a year ago, the new addition adds 21,000 square feet of space which will be utilized as three science labs, two art rooms, a new bookstore, the Crimson Café, a new entrance to the library, the Bishop Andrew G. Grutka Social Justice Archives, and a new student commons.

“Our new building addition accomplishes three important purposes: first, it provides a new ‘front door’ for the institution; second, it provides a state-of-the-art home for our new science program; and third, it provides a much needed gathering space for our College family," CCSJ President Daniel Lowry said.

"We are most thankful to those who played a part in this terrific endeavor, including our donors and those who labored on the building project itself.”

The addition was designed by Dan Szany of Carras, Szany and Kuhn, and Semford Construction was the general contractor.

Thanks to a grant from BP, and the help of the Wildlife Habitat Council, students, faculty and staff recently planted a variety of native plants and grasses.

Two naming ceremonies will also be held during the ribbon cutting. The Athletic Center will be named the Dennis and Leslie Rittenmeyer Athletic Center. Dr. Dennis Rittenmeyer guided the institution, serving as president of CCSJ for 24 years.

The new student commons area will be named the Thomas and Ann Katsahnias Student Commons. Tom Katsahnias served as chairman of the board of trustees for 25 years.

Participating will be Bishop Dale J. Melczek of the Diocese of Gary; the Rev. Stephen Dos Santos, C.PP.S., representing the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, sponsoring organization of the college; and Larry Meyers, chairman of the board of trustees.