Geneva College Grows 'Beyond the Bend'
Elimination of a dangerous S-curve on state Route 18 that once snaked through the center of the Geneva College campus is clearing the way for the Beaver Falls, Pa., school to begin implementation of a $7.5 million capital improvement program.
PennDOT rerouted the busy state route last year so that it runs along the outer edge of the Geneva campus. The road work eliminated a safety hazard on campus and has set the stage for other changes planned as part of the college's "Beyond the Bend" development project, says Cheryl Johnston, director of public relations.
Geneva installed new synthetic turf on Reeves Field last June as part of the project's first phase, she says. The improvement made the field suitable as a practice venue for the Golden Tornadoes football team and for use in intramural sports and other student activities.
Other phases of Beyond the Bend will include installation of an archway to welcome visitors to the campus, renovation of the football stadium and construction of a pedestrian walkway, says Johnston.
Founded in 1848 by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva is a Christian college that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The school is a founding member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Geneva recently expanded its degree completion program to include degrees in human resources, community ministry, human services and organizational development. Offered at 11 off-campus locations, including a center in Sharon, Pa., the program is designed for adults with some college and work experience who desire to earn a bachelor's degree.
The college also expanded its graduate degree programs, Johnstonsays, and now offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, higher education, organizational leadership, special education and reading.
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