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Hundreds Attend Clinical Science Building Groundbreaking

President Richard Davenport thanks governor and state legislators.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-26-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- An estimated 300 students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members were on hand today at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Clinical Sciences Building at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Vice President of University Advancement R. Kent Clark was emcee for the event, which included remarks by President Richard Davenport, College of Allied Health & Nursing Dean Kristine Retherford, state Sen. Kathy Sheran, state Reps. Bob Gunther, Kathy Brynaert and Clark Johnson, Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson and Julie Frederick, executive director of Healthy Brains for Children Making a Difference (Mankato, Minn.) and a member of the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Board of Directors.

In his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony, Davenport thanked Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the state legislature for their hard work in passing the Minnesota Jobs Bill into law in May. The law provides $25.818 million in funding for the building.

Davenport credited the governor and legislature for turning a dream by former Minnesota State Mankato College of Allied Health & Nursing Dean Kaye Herth into reality.

The state-of-the-art Clinical Sciences Building will be a new 59,100 square-foot, three-story facility that is expected to be completed in 2016. It will be 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 through real-world interactions with patients, 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.

More information on the Clinical Sciences Building is available in a May 20 news release.

Pictured at right are (left to right): state Rep. Bob Gunther; Mayor Eric Anderson; College of Allied Health & Nursing Dean Kristine Retherford; President Richard Davenport; state Sen. Kathy Sheran; state Rep. Clark Johnson; state Rep. Kathy Brynaert; Julie Frederick; and Vice President of University Advancement Kent Clark.

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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