Columbia College dedicates Federal Hall

Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 7:26 p.m. CDT; updated 9:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 6, 2011
Joe Miller, senior vice president of Commerce Bank, and Sarah Dubbert, vice president of Treasury Services at Commerce Bank, test the realistic qualities of Columbia College's SimMan at the Federal Building on Thursday afternoon. The SimMan, now named Simon, is a doll the nursing school uses for simulations to prepare students for working with real patients.

COLUMBIA — On the second floor of Federal Hall, cries of "I don't feel well" were followed by chuckles instead of sympathy on Thursday.

The words "I feel like I could die" brought laughter.

The interaction was part of a demonstration of Columbia College's newly acquired simulation doll. A demonstrator poked and prodded SimMan, or Simon as it is referred to by nursing students, as it lay on one of many hospital beds in the Nursing School's new location in Federal Hall.

Thursday afternoon marked Columbia College's dedication of Federal Hall, the building formerly known as the YouZeum. The building has undergone extensive renovations, and it will house the school's Nursing Department, Online Education Center, Media Production Lab and other facilities for students.

Columbia College also announced multiple donations for the Nursing Department on Thursday, including $100,000 from the William T. Kemper Foundation and $10,000 from Commerce Bank.

"We have a long-standing relationship with Columbia College," Teresa Maledy of Commerce Bank said. "Involvement in technology intrigued us, and nursing is really an important need."

Nursing students were also on hand for the dedication ceremony and expressed their excitement for the new building.

"The center at the old school had only three beds, and there wasn't enough space to work," nursing student Maggie Richmond said. "We now have actual equipment that resembles a hospital."

The Nursing Department took out many of the walls on the second floor of the building, which was originally a post office. Renovators created more space and visibility. One of the building's many new conference rooms sits in place of the YouZeum's old gift shop, surrounded with clear panes of glass.

"The move has been almost flawless," Linda Claycomb, director of the Nursing Program, said. "It has come together just wonderfully."

Late Thursday evening, Columbia College received an additional $100,000 donation from Jeanne and George Hulett. The donation will endow the Hulett Family Scholarship Fund to support criminal justice and forensic science majors, according to a news release.

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