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Funding for New Clinical Sciences Building Signed into Law by Governor

New $25.8 million building scheduled for completion in 2016.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-20-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a Minnesota Jobs Bill into law today that includes $25.818 million for a new clinical sciences building at Minnesota State University, Mankato as well as $14.5 million in upgrades that are part of a $29 million upgrade to the Mankato civic center, a project that will benefit Minnesota State Mankato’s men’s and women’s hockey teams.

“We’re grateful to the state legislature and Governor Dayton for passing this bill into law,” said Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport. “These projects will be extremely beneficial in the future not only to the university, but to the greater Mankato area. I’d like to thank our local elected officials, community leaders and friends of the university for their hard work and support of these projects.”

Davenport said he wanted to express his appreciation to Rep. Alice Hausman, D-St. Paul, and Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, legislative co-chairs, and he also thanked Sens. Kathy Sheran, D-Mankato, and Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Reps. Kathy Brynaert, D-Mankato; Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center; Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, and Clark Johnson, D-North Mankato.

The civic center upgrades will provide remodeling of the arena, locker rooms and training facilities and will allow the Verizon Center to become the new home of the Mavericks men’s and women’s WCHA hockey teams.

The clinical sciences building will be a new 59,100 square-foot, three-story facility built on Warren Street north of the Taylor Center and east of Ford Hall. The clinical sciences building will benefit not only Minnesota State Mankato students, but also the greater Mankato community by providing speech and hearing services and health and dental care to thousands of clients in the local and regional area who may not otherwise have access to that care.

Kris Retherford, dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing, described the clinical sciences building as a portal to campus.

“We so appreciate the efforts of state legislators to bring this important project to the governor and are so grateful that he saw fit to sign the bonding bill,” said Retherford. “This building will serve as a portal to campus as individuals access the speech, hearing, and dental services in the building and allow area professionals to participate in customized training within the simulation laboratories. This building allows our students to develop real-world skills necessary to be successful in professions where we are experiencing significant shortages. It is a win-win for students and the community.”

Minnesota State Mankato expects to break ground on the clinical sciences building in 2014, with the building set to be completed in 2016.

The tenants of the building will be several departments in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing, to include the School of Nursing and Departments of Dental Hygiene and Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services.

The new building will include a 24-chair dental clinic and another 14 examination and consultation rooms along with labs, classrooms or observation areas, 24 offices, four new classrooms and several student interaction and study spaces.

The College of Allied Health and Nursing works with a number of community partners, including Immanuel-St. Joseph’s-Mayo Health System, the Mankato Clinic, Open Door Dental Clinic, Harry Meyering Center, Give the Kids a Smile Program and the Developmental Behavioral Clinic.

For more information on the Minnesota Jobs Bill, click here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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