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University breaks ground on performing arts center

October 31, 2003

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Ground was broken Thursday for construction of a 1,500-seat performing arts center at Shippensburg University.

Once completed in mid-2005, the facility will be able to host Broadway touring companies, add needed academic classrooms and offices, and allow the university to enhance its programs as it continues to provide an outstanding education to meet the needs of current and future students, according to a news release from the university.

It also will allow the university to host large groups, business expos and convention-related programs resulting in a significant impact on the economy of the region.

"Shippensburg University has been and continues to be an important academic, economic and cultural contributor to the quality of life here in Southcentral Pennsylvania and beyond," university President Anthony F. Ceddia said in a news release.

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"Whether it is providing an education recognized nationally for its excellence, providing millions of dollars of business to the region or hosting such individuals as Elizabeth Dole, James Earl Jones and George Will, Shippensburg is an integral part of the region. Today we are proud to be able to break ground on a new building that is the focus of various programmatic and facility changes designed to serve students, the region and the citizens of the Commonwealth," Ceddia said.

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