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Regents approve property purchase; floral design facility planned

Students interested in floral design careers will have an opportunity to blossom at a new WKU Florist & Floral Design Training Center.

WKU’s Board of Regents on Friday approved the purchase of 514 Regents Ave. to house the facility for almost $104,000. Once renovated, it will include a full service floral shop to serve the campus and community as well as classroom and work space to train WKU students and professional florists.

Roger Dennis, horticulture instructor in WKU’s Department of Agriculture, will direct the center and will teach three floral design classes there. Dennis usually has about 60 students each semester in his courses.

“The center will provide training for students interested in careers in floral design and hotel restaurant management,” Dennis said. “In addition we will have space to offer workshops for florists who are seeking advanced training.”

The floral shop will provide students with management experience as well.

Dennis hopes the facility is open later this fall after renovations are completed.

President Gary Ransdell (right) presents student regent Colton Jessie with a regents pin after he was sworn in as a member of the Board of Regents on July 30. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

In other business, the Board:

*Approved minors in applied statistics and digital advertising and undergraduate certificates in citizenship and social responsibility and cross cultural communication in health care;

*Approved the purchase of 503 Regents Ave. for $145,000;

*Appointed Dr. Chris Groves, professor of geography and director of the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, as University Distinguished Professor;

*Swore in Colton Jessie of Bowling Green as the new student regent.
Contact: Media Relations, (270) 745-4295.

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