It's the beginning of a new semester at Florida Gulf Coast University.
It is also the beginning of a new era in training for students in the health sciences contemplating careers in medicine.
The $28 million health sciences center overcame obstacles to get to this point in history. When the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott came up short on the promised funding, FGCU, determined to expand the horizons of its curriculum and our local economy, dipped into reserves, shifted money from other projects and delayed others.
While some people talk the talk about the need for focusing on higher education in the sciences and other professions, others walk the walk.
That would be FGCU.
The net result is a state-of-the-art facility for tomorrow's occupational therapy, athletic training, injury rehabilitation protocols and much, much more.
The health sciences building and the story behind it fly like the eagle that serves as the FGCU mascot.