Community leaders, faculty, staff members and some very special guests gathered today to discuss the success and the future of the Ohio University Zanesville Campus. Since renovations to Elson Hall have been completed, a celebration has been in the works to recognize the branch and its success. The new renovations are a result of the 3.8 million dollars worth of work done to the main building. It was started in the summer of 1999, and is only the second phase. This is all part of the capital campaign of Ohio University and its regional campuses. Renovation funding comes from the state in an annual capital apportionment bill, and OU-Z receives about $500,000 per year. The doors of Elson Hall at OU-Z first opened in 1967, to only 800 students. It now serves nearly 2,000.