IWU students, faculty and staff surrounded the John Wesley administration building with prayer at around 10:30 this morning.

IWU students, faculty and staff surrounded the John Wesley administration building with prayer at around 10:30 this morning.

They chose an apt moment to drop by. In recent days the administration has announced several things that will bring great change to IWU:

-Last week, the Board of Trustees chose to immediately begin construction of a $42.8 million facility that will double the space available to science and nursing students. The facility is the centerpiece of a Health Sciences Initiative that will see the introduction of several new graduate degrees and possibly a medical school located somewhere outside of Indiana.

-The Board also approved the first of the new Health Sciences degrees, a doctorate in nursing practice, pending the approval of the Higher Learning Commission. The degree will emphasize the student’s ability to lead in a clinical setting and to use clinical research to impact health care.

-For the School of Liberal Arts, the board gave the go-ahead for the Master of Public Affairs degree. The MPA will prepare students for leadership and management roles in the government or nonprofit sectors.

-IWU also came together to dedicate the cornerstone for the new Wesley Seminary building. Currently housed in the Noggle Christian Ministries Center, seminary leaders hope the new 21,000-square-foot facility will be “a focal point” and a “retreat center” for seminary students from all over the the world.