KGI Celebrates Opening of 1NIH with Claremont Community

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 15 celebrated the growth of Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and its geographic expansion to the Claremont Village.

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Ribbon Cutting on November 15

President Sheldon Schuster joins Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza in the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 15, 2016.

Looking beyond its physical space, this building is a testament to KGI's growth as an institution. - KGI President Sheldon Schuster

On the evening of Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Keck Graduate Institute(KGI) hosted the Claremont community for a historic ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new office spaces on the corner of North Indian Hill and First Street in the Claremont Village. The event celebrated KGI’s growth as an institution and its geographic expansion to the Claremont Village. KGI’s main campus remains directly south of the Claremont Village with access from Indian Hill and Santa Fe.

As the sun set, members of the Claremont community, colleagues from The Claremont Colleges, and KGI faculty and staff gathered around the stage outside the building. The ceremony began with KGI President Sheldon Schuster, Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza, Claremont Chamber of Commerce Chair Nikki Coulas, and KGI Deans Kathy Webster, Sofia Toro, and Larry Grill on stage. Also in attendance were Mayor Pro Tem Larry Schroeder and City Manager Tony Ramos.

President Schuster welcomed the crowd that had gathered on the walkway and sidewalk outside. Schuster spoke about what the new building meant to KGI: “Looking beyond its physical space, this building is a testament to KGI’s growth as an institution.” Schuster talked about the benefits of KGI joining the Claremont Village. He explained that the design of the building’s interior was intended to inspire, motivate, and prepare students for success. The building features “a variety of spaces conducive to the collaborations and team projects that are a hallmark of a KGI education,” said Schuster.

Mayor Pedroza spoke about the creative use of the building and presented Schuster with a certificate from the city, as, he said with a smile, it was the “first of many certificates we’re going to be bringing to KGI.” Following the mayor, Chamber of Commerce Chair Nikki Coulas presented Schuster with a plaque from the Chamber of Commerce, saying, “On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, we are very excited on your move north into town.” Coulas also praised the beautiful interior of the building.

While the deans held the ends of a teal ribbon, President Schuster and Mayor Pedroza took hold of the scissors, together, and cut through the ribbon. Later in the evening, while discussing the new space with guests, President Schuster said, “It’s a symbol—the ribbon. It’s cutting a ribbon with the past.” The ribbon-cutting symbolizes a new era of possibilities for KGI.

A tour of the new space followed the ceremony. The tour revealed student collaboration spaces, administrative offices, and conference rooms. Most rooms are equipped with whiteboard walls and updated technology to make it easy for students, faculty, and staff to communicate their ideas.

As guests mingled with students, faculty, and staff, they were offered refreshments, information about KGI, and the opportunity to purchase KGI merchandise from Huntley Bookstore.

The event also featured artist Michael Cooper, who drew a large whiteboard mural on the wall of the third floor conference room. Guests watched the mural unfold before their eyes, as they discussed KGI, science, and their connections to one another. The mural was a colorful interconnected scientific burst, which nicely mirrored the excitement and energy of the evening.

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