Locals can write messages on beam that will be part of the school's new nursing center


Community members and Carroll University staff and students have been invited to help send off Carroll's outgoing president, Doug Hastad, and his wife by inscribing messages to the couple on a beam that will be placed inside a new nursing center on campus.

The kicker? The nursing center, which will take the place of the demolished Lowry Hall, is slated to be named after the Hastads as well, a decision the school announced Feb. 2. Hastad is retiring at the end of June.

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According to a news release, the Waukesha community is invited to join the campus by signing and leaving well-wishes for the Hastads on a 23-foot beam that will eventually be part of Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall. The building is expected to be complete by December.

The beam is available to sign through Feb. 8 at Carroll's Campus Center lobby, 100 N. East Ave.

Hastad became the university's president in 2006. Since then, some of the school's academic offerings have expanded, and the school's main and satellite campuses have notably evolved.

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Hastad oversaw the school's transition from Carroll College to Carroll University in 2008 as well as more than $100 million in renovations to campus facilities – including the Center for Graduate Studies, 2140 Davidson Road, and the Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory in Genesse Depot.

Additionally, a new science building, the Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories, opened to students on the college's main campus in September.

According to the university, Hastad also led the largest comprehensive endowment campaign in the school's long history, which is expected to raise $50 million, about half of which was spent on the Jaharis Science Laboratories building.

Hastad's replacement, Sara Ray Stoelinga – Carroll's first female president – will take office in July.

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