HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Seven months after a tornado destroyed the Ross Anatomy Lab at William Carey University, that facility has reopened.
A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held Wednesday for the new Ross Anatomy Lab.
It is much larger than the old building and has major improvements to lighting, air ventilation and audio-video systems.
It was renamed in honor of Randy and Brenda Ross, longtime supporters of the university.
"We were here pre-tornado and it was actually smaller than this," Manjot Mashiana, a second year medical student from Texas. "They've added maybe a whole third to it, so it's a lot bigger, more spacious."
"We're like really excited for all the upcoming classes and everything, so it really lifts the school up from wherever we were before," said Joseph Enriquez, another second year medical student from Louisiana.
"As far as the buildings themselves, we are back," said James Turner, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. "We have all our furniture back in. We have been truly blessed and if anything, things are better and our resources are better than they were before the tornado."
The anatomy lab and three other buildings in the College of Osteopathic Medicine were damaged when the twister hit on Jan. 21.
The lab sustained the most damage and had to be rebuilt from the ground up.