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New residence facility to be named for Margaret Preska

President emerita

Newest suite-style residence hall naming ceremony is Thursday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [9/19/2011]

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s newest residence hall will be named after President Emerita Margaret R. Preska in a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 22.

The structure – under construction now on the northwest sector of the campus – will be named the Margaret R. Preska Residence Community.

Members of the campus community, local officials and emeriti faculty and staff – including Preska, who continues to be active in campus events – will participate in the ceremony, at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

Preska was president of Minnesota State Mankato from 1979 to 1992. During her tenure the university’s enrollment grew by 43 percent, and many campus buildings were expanded or remodeled. She was instrumental in obtaining donations to construct Andreas Observatory, Ostrander Student Bell Tower and other facilities.

“I am pleased that our newest residence facility is being named after such a prominent educator,” said President Richard Davenport. “Dr. Preska has touched the lives of thousands of students who became leaders in business, industry and government. She served the University with distinction, and she continues to share her passion for Minnesota State Mankato throughout the world.”

Construction on the semi-suite style Margaret R. Preska Residence Community started this spring. The building is being constructed near Carkoski Commons, next to McElroy Residence Community. It will open in fall 2012.

The four-story facility will accommodate 300 students in rooms with individually controlled air conditioning and heating, tile floors and sound-resistant walls, loftable beds, dressers and desks with lockable drawers, upholstered office chairs, closets, plentiful electrical outlets and dual Internet, telephone and cable TV jacks. It also will have a number of environment-friendly features, including water-saving toilets in private bathrooms.

More information about the project is at
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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