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Clinical Sciences Building Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Set for Jan. 19

New building opened for classes Jan. 9.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-18-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony for its $28.883 million Clinical Sciences Building (address is 150 South Road; building is located north of the Taylor Center and east of Ford Hall) at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in classroom 112 (located on main floor to left of main entrance).

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media members are encouraged to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. A photo opportunity will take place in the building atrium immediately following the program. Tours will be provided after the ceremony. The event is invitation only and not open to the public, as limited seating is available. There will be a public community fair event for the College of Allied Health and Nursing in the building Saturday, April 22.

“I am very pleased to officially open this beautiful new allied health building, and we thank our state legislators for sponsoring the legislation that led to Governor Mark Dayton signing the bonding bill for this project in 2014,” said Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport. “It will house our nursing, dental hygiene and speech, hearing and rehabilitation services that will also provide students real-world practicum experiences and patient interaction. Clients in the local and regional area will benefit for generations to come.”

Scheduled speakers at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting event include Davenport; Bob Hoffman, trustee, Minnesota State; Kristine Retherford, dean, Minnesota State Mankato College of Allied Health and Nursing; Colleen Royle, assistant professor, Minnesota State Mankato School of Nursing; and Kellie Metzger, student, Minnesota State Mankato Communications Disorder Program.

Retherford said she was looking forward to showcasing the new building to the University and community.

“We are thrilled to include this state-of-the-art facility as part of our comprehensive preparation for allied health professionals,” said Retherford, “and we are excited to welcome the community to receive top-notch health-related services and continuing education in this extraordinary setting.”

The state-of-the-art Clinical Sciences Building is a 79,131 square-foot, three-story facility that opened for classes Jan. 9. The $28.883 million total project budget for the building included a $2,065,000 capital bond for design in 2012 and the $25,818,000 capital bond for construction in 2014 that Dayton signed into law and $1 million in campus funds to add a basement (currently unfinished). A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Sept. 26, 2014, and construction began in January 2015.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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