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Rivier University celebrates the complete renovation of nursing and business facilities

The transformation of Sylvia Trottier Hall is a milestone in the University’s multi-year campus enhancement plan.

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View speech | Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President

Rivier University unveiled recently completed renovations to Sylvia Trottier Hall at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday. Local dignitaries, benefactors, Trustees, and the Rivier campus community attended the event, which celebrated the new nursing, business, and information technology spaces. The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center, launched with a $1 million donation from a visionary benefactor, opened last spring, and the University welcomed business students into the new spaces this fall.  The complete renovation of these simulation and high-tech learning spaces, including cybersecurity laboratories, is the most recent advancement in the University’s multi-year campus enhancement plan.

“Aligned with our commitment to real-world, active learning, the Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center and new Business and Security Studies facilities give students the opportunity to learn in environments consistent with those they will find as they launch their careers,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “The state-of-the-art simulation labs and advanced technology within these walls provide a higher level of learning to Rivier students.”

In addition to Rivier’s President, Dean of Nursing and Health Professions Dr. Paula Williams and Dean of Business and Security Studies Dr. Amir Toosi spoke on behalf of their departments and faculty. Sister Helene Cote, pm, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, offered an invocation and blessing. City of Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess recognized the University as a valuable community resource and expressed his pride in Rivier as the city’s leading educational institution.

The 30,000-square-foot building renovation began in the summer of 2021. The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center features six new simulation labs and assessment areas, two classrooms, a lecture hall, and faculty offices. The Division of Business and Security Studies facility includes cybersecurity labs that mirror a professional security operations center, collaboration space, a technology hub, and office suites.

This enhancement project follows the opening of Rivier’s Science and Innovation Center in fall 2020. The new 36,000-square-foot Center includes leading-edge labs, equipment, and instructional technology; students use the same advanced instrumentation that they would use in the workplace and graduate education. This fall, the University will break ground on Rivier Village, an apartment-style residential complex. Recent enrollment growth and the opportunity for upper-level students to experience independent living drove the project. Rivier Village will open two residential buildings in fall 2023.

More information on Rivier’s academic programs and admission to the University is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (603) 897-8507 or Early acceptance and opportunities for additional financial assistance are available to those who visit and apply this fall. Prospective undergraduate students can schedule their campus visit and tour online at or by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.