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SFU Receives $2.5 Million to Renovate Health Sciences Building

December 16, 2019 Author: Tom Havrilla Tags: Alumni , Health Sciences and Education , University News

Sullivan BHA FacadeSaint Francis University has received a $2.5 million commitment toward phase two of the Sullivan Hall Expansion and Renovation project. The gift comes from an alumnus and spouse, long-time donors to the University, who wish to remain anonymous.

“We are extremely grateful and humbly accept this transformational gift,” said University President, Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D. “This commitment will help improve learning spaces and help us to continue to educate and prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals for years to come.”

Phase two of this project aims to renovate Sullivan Hall, update classrooms and laboratories, and add a new facade to the nearly 60-year-old building, which will become the home to the School of Health Sciences and Education.

“We all know that healthcare is constantly changing, and it’s not enough to just keep up with the times, we need to be ahead of the times. These updates will help us do that,” said Dr. Donald Walkovich, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education.

Robert Crusciel, Vice President for Advancement, added, “Our alumni and friends continue to faithfully support Saint Francis University with their generous gifts. The enhancements and improvements made at the University over the past decade would not be possible without their friendship and support. This commitment, one of the largest in University history, is an endorsement of our Franciscan mission.”

About the Sullivan Hall Expansion and Renovation Project

With this latest gift, Sullivan Hall is poised to begin its final phase of an ambitious reinvention. When completed, Health Sciences majors will be together in one state-of-the-art facility that will provide more opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.

In October 2019, the University celebrated the completion of phase one of this project. The Experiential Learning Commons (ELC) was unveiled and guests were invited to tour a new 10,000 square foot addition.

The $4 million construction project was funded through a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a $2 million anonymous donation, and $1 million in gifts from alumni and friends.

The ELC is equipped with several new high-functioning manikins, a clinical skills lab, and a simulated apartment for students to practice providing care to patients in the home environment. The hospital-like setting allows students to work interprofessionally in a way that simulates the collaborative process of caring for a patient. 


If you would like to help continue to move phase two of this project forward, contact Robert Crusciel ‘86, Vice President for Advancement, at or 814-472-3021.

You can learn more about the Sullivan Hall Expansion and Renovation project at

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