A number of dignitaries and their representatives were on hand Friday, February 15, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration marking the grand re-opening of the fully renovated Barnes & Noble Campus Store.
An audience of close to 50 people witnessed as Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health, wielded the scissors with a smile.
Representing Barnes & Noble were Russell Markman, vice president for campus relations, and Denise Nakakihara, regional manager. In a short address, Mr. Markman shared some of the benefits of the partnership between the two organizations.
Rodney Neal, MBA, senior vice president of finance for Loma Linda University, commented specifically on the benefits to LLU Health. The LLU Foundation will continue to oversee the Apple-authorized store within the Campus Store.
Phil Carlisle, CEO of the Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the Barnes & Noble Campus Store into membership and presented a plaque to that effect.
A representative of Senator Bill Emmerson presented Mr. Neal with a “Certificate of Recognition” from the California State Senate. On behalf of U.S. Congressman Gary Miller, another representative presented a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.” California Assemblyman Mike Morrell sent his congratulations through a “Certificate of Recognition” from the California State Legislature.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, those in attendance were invited to experience the new store, enjoy some refreshments, take home a give away or two, and even—perhaps—buy something.