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Cardinal Gateway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Feb. 11

Gadsden State Community College will celebrate the opening of the new Cardinal Gateway on February 11.  There will be an open house to welcome the community beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Automotive Services Technology

building on the East Broad Campus. A parade will begin on the East Broad Campus at 10:30 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting, which will culminate with remarks and an open house at the Bevill Center.

The parade route will begin on Graves Avenue on the East Broad Campus and proceed to the Wallace Drive Campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at the Cardinal Drive entrance to the campus.  The parade will include GSCC President Raymond W. Staats, Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton and the City Council, legislators, county commissioners, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark A. Heinrich, members of the State Board of Education, the Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber of Commerce, Gadsden State Show Band, units from the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department, GSCC Safety & Security, student clubs, and athletes, as well as media.  The theme is Mardi Gras festive and everyone is welcome to attend. These events are free and open to the public.

Following the morning festivities, a Mardi Gras lunch with “King Cupcakes” is being served in Inzer Cafeteria on the Wallace Drive Campus.  The cupcakes are free to anyone purchasing a meal and whoever finds the traditional baby hidden inside will win a $25 gift certificate sponsored by SODEXO Food Services.

President Staats remarked, “We are excited about the completion of this project as the first step in revitalizing our Gadsden State campuses.  The Gateway greatly improves student and employee safety and access.”  For more information about the events contact Kay Smith-Foster at 256-549-8224 or



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