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B-CU Breaks Ground on Harrison Rhodes Renovation


Bethune-Cookman University continues its mission of meeting the needs of 21st century students with the renovation and new construction of Harrison Rhodes Memorial Building. The groundbreaking for the project will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 on the front lawn of the facility.

Harrison Rhodes was built in 1941 as Bethune-Cookman’s first library. The building was named after Harrison Garfield Rhodes, a noted playwright and author of travel books who was a trustee of Bethune-Cookman and a staunch advocate of the college.

Years later, the Harrison Rhodes building housed the School of Social Sciences, and most recently, the School of Liberal Arts. Plans include demolition of the back of the building and the construction of three new stories.  The end result will be a four-story building with a conference room, 18 classrooms and 33 offices, two research areas and three computer labs. 

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Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.

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